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Violence in north-east Delhi likely to be orchestrated to coincide with Trump’s visit to India

New Delhi: The violence in north-east Delhi Monday was most likely orchestrated to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s 36-hour visit to the country, people familiar with the development said Monday, articulating the home ministry’s assessment of clashes.

Condemning the violence, the minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy, tweeted, “We assure a stern action against the culprits,” he said in a tweet.

Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla said the situation was under control. “Senior officers are on the field… Sufficient forces have been deployed,” he told reporters.

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Five killed and 75 injured in clashes in Delhi between groups opposed and backed CAA

New Delhi: At least five persons were killed and over 75 injured in Monday’s clashes in north-east Delhi between groups that opposed and those that backed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Among the dead were four civilians who had suffered bullet injuries, and a police head constable had suffered severe head injuries due to stone pelting. Many of the wounded too were shot at.

Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in Dilshad Garden received the most patients. The bodies too were kept in its mortuary. Autopsies will be conducted on Tuesday after their respective families give consent.

At least 57 of those injured were brought to the hospital too, stretching its emergency ward’s capacity on Monday night, so much so that doctors were unable to give an exact count of patients and those who were in a critical condition.

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Allahabad HC asks for action against policemen who attacked students during anti-CAA protests in AMU

New Delhi: The Allahabad high court has directed the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary, the state director general of police, the director general of Central Reserve Police Force, the vice chancellor and the registrar of the Aligarh Muslim University to follow the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission in relation to alleged violence against students and their arbitrary detention during protests in December last year.

The high court also asked for action against policemen, who attacked students during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in AMU on December 15 last year. In its report, the NHRC said the students were attacked “unnecessarily”. The court directed the officers concerned to comply with the order and file a compliance report by March 25.

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Uddhav says, he made his stand clear on CAA and also discussed it with the Congress and NCP

New Delhi: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has maintained his stance on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) that the law did not take away any one’s citizenship and there was no need to fear it.

“I have made my stand clear on these issues and I have also discussed it with the alliance partners Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP),” Thackeray said while talking to reporters on the eve of the Budget session of the state legislature.

Replying to a query on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis’ statement that a state government cannot change the questionnaire of the NPR, Thackeray said, “Senior members of the three parties (Sena, NCP and Congress) can sit together and discuss about the possible complications in its implementation in the state”.

Thackeray also taunted the BJP for the violence during the anti-CAA protests in the states like Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

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IAF may review its promotion policy to allow group captains to become air commodores faster

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) may review its promotion policy to allow group captains to become air commodores faster as part of an overarching plan to improve their career prospects and keep pilots from quitting service, two senior government officials said on condition of anonymity.

A troubling trend of pilots leaving the air force during the last two years to join private airlines that offer better salary and perquisites has rung the alarms bells in the IAF, compelling it to take stock of the problem and devise ways to retain talent.

More than 200 middle-rung IAF pilots took premature retirement, or what the air force calls premature separation from service (PSS), during 2018-19, said the first official cited above. He stressed that the figure was far higher than acceptable. The IAF received applications from more than 300 officers for early retirement over the last two years, of whom 200 were released.