Delhi violence: RAF addressed more than 300 fire-related incidents

NEW DELHI: The, a specialized riot unit of the CRPF convened to handle communal clashes in northeastern Delhi, addressed more than 300 fire incidents compared to some cases of suffocating violent protesters that is their main duty, according to official sources. He said Tuesday. They said the staff of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), dressed in a blue jumpsuit, rescued several people who were trapped inside burning houses even when they extinguished the flames that had engulfed numerous buildings and vehicles parked on the road.

Nearly eight force companies, which are approximately 700 people, were actively deployed since February 25 in various areas affected by riots such as Dayal Bagh, Karawal Nagar and Bhajanpura, among others, force sources said.

RAF teams found 300-350 fire incidents when deployed in these areas. Troops and commanders led from the front and entered burning houses to rescue people, said a RAF commander.

Despite not having protective gears, RAF staff saved people from several buildings wrapped in fire, since there was no one else to help them, he said.

Firefighting is not the main letter of the RAF, but as a uniform force it is the duty to help people in danger, whether caught in violent protests or in buildings engulfed in fires.

According to an official report, RAF commander Bhavesh Chaudhary along with his two jawans, agents Shiromani Singh and Sunil Kumar, entered a burning house in the Brijppuri area and helped rescue a family on the night of February 25 .

This RAF team had also cleared the road under the Jaffrabad subway station on the same day, which was blocked by protesters, moving in heavy riot vehicles like 'Vajra' and conducting a march that shows language strong body, according to the report. said.

When another force team along with the Delhi Police personnel entered the Chandbagh area on the same day (February 25), protesters threw stones at them that were retaliated by firing tear gas projectiles, sources (CRPF) said. ).

Hundreds of tears were shot to disperse the crowds, but the RAF did not fire a single bullet, they said.

A team led by the RAF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Alok Awasthi also made a march in the affected areas and spoke with the locals, even while maintaining their presence in the area for long hours to keep the rioters at bay.

Force personnel also rescued those who were surrounded by violent mobs in numerous places.

On February 27, a team of between 16 and 17 staff members patrolling in the area saved a self-rickshaw driver and three others while a mob lynched them, authorities said.

The RAF is mandated to ensure that peace prevails as soon as they are on land. Around eight companies of this force were deployed to help the locals and protesters. These teams are still deployed in and around the affected areas to verify any possible incident, said CRPF spokesman DIG Moses Dhinakaran.

More than 40 people have died and many others have been injured in the communal clashes that took place from February 24 to 25.