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Delhi violence toll 42 as hit areas limp back to normality

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New Delhi, Feb 28: The death toll in Delhi’s communal violence has gone up to 42 now with four more fatalities being recorded at the city’s GTB Hospital on Friday, officials said.

The number stood at 38 till Thursday.

The Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital has recorded 38 deaths, the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital three, and the Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital has reported one.

Nearly 7,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the affected areas of the northeast district since Monday to assist hundreds of Delhi police men and women to maintain peace.

More than 250 people have been injured in the communal clashes. The areas mainly affected include Jafrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura.

Meanwhile, the situation as per police remained overall peaceful with no untoward incident reported from here.

The police and other paramilitaries were deployed in strength in the wake of Friday when Muslims gather for congregational prayers.

Meanwhile, senior IPS officer S N Shrivastava will be the next Delhi police commissioner, officials said on Friday.

Incumbent Amulya Patnaik demits office on Saturday.

Shrivastava’s name has been finalised for the next Delhi police commissioner, a Union Home Ministry official said, adding that he would take charge from Patnaik.

Earlier, S N Shrivastava, who was appointed the special commissioner of Police (Law and Order) of Delhi Police this week, was given the additional charge of the Delhi Police commissioner with effect from Sunday, an official order said.

Shrivastava, a 1985-batch IPS officer, will take charge from incumbent Amulya Patnaik, who demits office on Saturday.

On Monday, Shrivastava was repatriated from the Central Reserve Police Force and appointed as the special commissioner (law and order) of the Delhi Police, amid the communal violence in northeast Delhi.

Talking to reporters while touring the riot-hit areas in northeast Delhi, Shrivastava said, “My primary job will be to ensure that there is a feeling of security and people should also feel police are there for them.”

Shrivastava will hold the additional charge of the Delhi Police commissioner with effect from Sunday and until further orders, the order issued by the Union Home Ministry said.

In the CRPF, Shrivastava was serving as the special director general (training). He had earlier served the Delhi Police in various capacities, including as the head of the elite anti-terror wing, Special Cell.

Ever since he rejoined the Delhi Police, Shrivastava was busy in controlling the communal violence in northeast Delhi, in which at least 39 people were killed.