New Delhi: Just as it seemed that the national capital is coming out of its recent communal pangs, reports of arson emanated from north-east Delhi’s Bhajanpura area in the evening.
The arson was reported even as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited violence-affected areas and offered a personal guarantee that the government would restore law and order.
With the toll touching 27 and over 200 injured, after four consecutive days of violence, sceptics abound and the trust deficit in the law and order machinery is more than pronounced.
The sense of unease got reinforced with the Delhi High Court issuing a sharp reprimand to the Delhi Police and asked it to register FIRs against BJP leaders for inflammatory speeches, which allegedly ignited the communal flare-up.
In the ensuing chaos – even though the madness of the last few days has diminished – PM Modi made his first public statement, calling for “peace and brotherhood”.
Home Minister Amit Shah, in the line of fire for failure to check the spiral, held multiple review meetings but avoided making a public appearance. The Delhi Police still had little to show by way of results: it had filed just 18 FIRs and arrested 106 people in connection with the violence, which they claim is under control.