Guns, petrol bombs, acid, drilling machines — and other weapons that killed 21 and injured over 180 in Delhi


  • The Supreme Court reprimanded Delhi Police for the clashes in Delhi.
  • Moreover, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged that the situation has become "alarming" and the Army should be called in as police is "unable to control it".
  • What is alarming about the crowds is the wide variety of weapons they have in possession - making them stand out from regular mobs who wield sticks.
Even as the Supreme Court encouraged the police to take action without waiting for orders, the violence in the city is escalating quickly. As many as 21 people have died and over 180 injured in the last two hours as mobs raged onto streets destroying peace and property.

What is alarming about the crowds is the wide variety of weapons they have in possession - making them stand out from regular mobs who wield sticks. As tensions rose on Monday, the clashes which started with stones and rods, also brought in mobs with guns, acid, bombs and more.

The Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the situation has become "alarming" and the Army should be called in as police is "unable to control it".

Delhi has been the centre of protests for the last four months — be it against CAA or fee hike. Mobs have shown their affinity to gore with unexpected acts like trying to set a petrol pump on fire, yesterday. However, the police are taking standard measures like lathi charge, water cannons, and tear gas.

Last night, the police issued a shoot at sight order — where they can immediately shoot anyone who tries to escape the situation. However, Kejriwal’s latest comment sends a clear message that Delhi police might not have what it takes to control a violent crowd.


Here are all the weapons used in the latest violent clash in New Delhi:

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​Drill Machine

​Drill Machine

In what may be a first, one of the attackers bore a drill machine into a 19-year old boy’s skull. The victim was admitted to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital where he underwent surgery. Doctor says he is stable but “only time can tell to the extent to which he has been able to recover".


Credits: Payal Mehta

​Protestors attack 2 CRPF with acid in Delhi’s Karawal Nagar

​Protestors attack 2 CRPF with acid in Delhi’s Karawal Nagar

In a recent development 2 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were attacked with acid in Karawal Nagar in Delhi. Moreover, four security personnel also suffered acid burns while they tried to control a mob in Karawal Nagar. This comes after a head constable has already passed away on Monday, during the clashes.

​Bullets and guns

​Bullets and guns

On February 24, a video of a man in red shirt holding a gun during violent clashes in north-east Delhi surfaced the internet. In the video, the man can be seen firing multiple shots in front of the police personnel.

This isn’t the first time someone used a gun in front of police. Last month, a young man pointed a gun at the protesters outside Jamia Millia Islamia University as they were opposing the CAA.

​Petrol Bombs

​Petrol Bombs

Petrol Bombs are yet another easy-to-make weapon that mobs are using to show their anger. Both anti-CAA and pro-CAA groups can be seen throwing petrol bombs at shops, vehicles in Bhajanpura in recent videos circulated on social media. Some of them even tried to burn a whole petrol pump using petrol bombs.

While petrol bombs can cause a lot of damage and endanger lives, they are easy to make. It requires standard raw material like glass bottles, a piece of cloth and petrol are Its consequences are turned fatal.

​Stone, Bricks and glass

​Stone, Bricks and glass

The Maujpur-Badarpur metro station became a war zone with rival groups pelting each other with stones and throwing petrol bombs. Helmets were in huge demand as stone pelting from both sides was incessant. Armed with iron and wooden rods, the rioters let out "war cries" as a projectile hit the camps.

Mobs also threw pieces of glass, burnt tyres in Northeast Delhi.


See also: Kejriwal wants Army to control Delhi violence as police are ‘unable’ to


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