Photographer: Javed Sultan
Title: Delhi Riots – India
Location: Delhi
Period: 02/2020 - 03/2020
Category: Spot News

On December 10, 2019, Narendra Modi led government passed the new citizenship law 'Citizenship Amendment Act' - CAA that make religion a criterion for the citizenship of persecuted non-Muslim communities from the three neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The newly passed law sparked the debate that this law is against the constitution and basic fabric of India, which allows everyone to be treated equally irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion.

Massive protests erupted across the country after Delhi Police brutally thrashed the students of Jamia Millia Islamia inside the library who were protesting against the CAA on December 15, 2020. In response to that, the people of Shaheen Bagh in South East Delhi staged a sit-in protest against CAA-NRC (National Population Register) in which every citizen has to prove their citizenship against the government, failed to do, will mark the person as a doubtful citizen and can be declared as an illegal citizen, through CAA doubtful marked citizens will get citizenship except Muslims. The sit-in protest replicated as a form of resistance in different parts of India and abroad.

The continued sit-in protests on different locations by women in Delhi led to deadly violence between pro and anti CAA protestors in the North-East part of Delhi in February 2020 between 23-29 during the visit of President Donald Trump to India. Continued week-long violence turned into a deadly riot that the capital saw in decades. More than 50 people have been killed, hundreds of them injured in which two-third were Muslims. For three days in the Shiv Vihar neighborhood, rioters attacked Muslim homes, mosques and businesses, often firebombing them with cooking gas cylinders and gutting them. The riot was termed as worst in decades, which rendered tons of people homeless and jobless in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic.


The mob in Maujpur attacked me after checking my identity on the press card for covering the riots in North East Delhi on February 24. I had to leave the spot to save my life after handing over the memory cards to the mob. I could not recover from the trauma of being killed yet gathered myself to reach the riot-hit area to record what the mob was stopping me not to record. I witnessed and documented the riots and plight of victims in North East Delhi, which is worse, in terms of barbarism.



DELHI - INDIA February 28 2020 More than a hundred cars of local residents were set on fire by rioters during the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Shiv Vihar area of the North East district of Delhi

DELHI - INDIA February 26 2020 The body of 26-year-old Ankit Sharma an officer of the Intelligence Bureau Government of India was recovered from a drain in Chandbagh on February 26 2020 He was stabbed multiple times during the violence in North East Delhi

DELHI - INDIA February 26 2020 Paramilitary forces taking stock of the situation in the Chand Bagh area where the riots first broke out between pro and anti CAA protestors on the evening of February 23 2020

DELHI - INDIA February 28 2020 A woman in a temporary shelter in Mustafabad grieving over her son who went missing after their house was burnt by rioters in Shiv Vihar during the violence in North East Delhi

DELHI - INDIA March 07 2020 A ruined kitchen of a Muslim family s home in Shiv Vihar They fled after their house was set on fire by rioters during the violence that broke out between pro and anti CAA protestors in February 2020 in North East Delhi

DELHI - INDIA February 26 2020 Fire-fighter personnel extinguished a fire in a shop in Gokulpuri Tyre market A cluster of more than two hundred shops owned by Muslims was set on fire by rioters and burnt for three days starting on the night of February 24 2020

DELHI - INDIA February 29 2020 Grandfather of Amir 27 and Hashim 17 breaks down during the funeral of his two grandsons who were killed during the deadly violence over CAA that took place in parts of North East Delhi in February 2020

DELHI - INDIA February 29 2020 Thousands of people took part in the funeral procession of 17-year-old boy Hashim He was killed on his way home from work during the deadly violence over CAA that took place in parts of North East Delhi in February 2020

DELHI - INDIA February 28 2020 A Muslim woman carrying her injured baby in a temporary shelter in Mustafabad Delhi The family managed to escape after rioters set fire to their home in Shiv Vihar the worst affected area in the North East Delhi Riots

DELHI - INDIA February 26 2020 Police personnel stands near burnt cars in the Gokulpuri Tyre Market which was set ablaze by rioters during the violence in North East Delhi in February 2020 The market was burning for three days starting on the night of February 24th 2020 consisting of over two hundred shops owned by Muslims