Scores of pro and anti-CAA groups threw stones at each other, attempted to burn down houses and finally fired shots in north-east Delhi's Maujpur today.
The incident occurred less than 20 km from the heart of the national capital where Home Minister Amit Shah held a second review meeting with top officials and Delhi politicians, Hindustan Times reports.
Rioters from both sides have had a free run for most of the morning in this east Delhi pocket. There had been attempts to burn down a four-storey house from where some residents were throwing stones at one mob, break into another because someone saw a resident trying to capture the arson on his mobile phone video and burn down the motorcycles that they could lay their hands on.
There was some police presence, but it mostly appeared to be a hands-off approach. Except to occasionally turn their focus on the anti-CAA protesters.
At about 1.30 pm, one man from the pro-CAA group pulled out a pistol to fire multiple shots at the rival group who were closing in. Some others in the group also pulled out their firearms and fired.
There were some in the anti-CAA group who were armed too and fired multiple rounds.
Meanwhile, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad today made a fresh application in the Supreme Court over violence in Northeast Delhi, seeking direction to register FIRs on complaints made in respect of attacks that started in the evening of February 23. The court has agreed to hear his petition.