New Delhi: The death toll has climbed to 38 in the deadliest violence in the national capital in decades after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in northeast Delhi since last Sunday, officials said on Thursday.
According to the officials, 34 people died at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Shahdara area while three other deaths have been reported from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.
At GTB Hospital, 53 are admitted. Out of the 34 deaths reported from the hospital, 22 were declared brought dead. The rest succumbed to injuries.
At LNJP hospital near Delhi Gate, while one person was brought dead, the remaining two succumbed to injuries during treatment.
The reports of fresh fatalities came hours after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia visited the violence-hit areas separately on Wednesday.
Sunil Kumar, Medical Superintendent at GTB Hospital told IANS that more than 200 people have been injured since Saturday’s violence.
On Wednesday, GTB Hospital released figures which claimed 9 out of 22 fatalities were due to bullet injuries.
“Out of the 22, nine died of gunshots, five were hit by blunt objects, one died due to burn injuries, three were stabbed whereas the rest of the cases are yet to be analysed. We have performed six post-mortems today,” Kumar had said on Wednesday.
In the violence that erupted after pro and anti-CAA groups clashed, several bullets were fired from both sides which claimed many lives, including that of a Delhi Police head constable.
On Wednesday, the body of an Intelligence Bureau staffer was fished out of a drain in Chand Bagh area. The IB staffer was identified as Ankit Sharma.