Here’s why: A spate of deadly blasts on the national highways in the capital, followed by several cases of police firing, has raised questions about the safety of the city’s roads.
Police have been quick to blame a loose group of right-wing activists for the recent spate of attacks, saying they were motivated by a desire to “march on Delhi”.
But the issue has not gone away, and the authorities have been accused of covering up the incidents.
“The violence and the killings of civilians are a daily event in Delhi, but they are not an isolated incident,” Delhi police commissioner B S Bassi told the parliament.
“There are so many incidents of killing of people, but it is not as bad as in other places.
We have to investigate all such incidents and take action against those who commit such crime,” he said.
Bassi said there was no link between the attacks and a conspiracy to bring down the government, saying the police were still trying to find out the reasons behind the violent protests.
The government has blamed the protesters for an earlier spate of violence, but many say the violence has nothing to do with them.
The government’s claim that there is no nexus between the protests and the recent blasts is an attempt to deflect the issue, said Deepak Singh, a lawyer and journalist.
“The people who are involved in these incidents are being protected by the authorities,” he told Al Jazeera.
“If the government had taken such measures, we would have seen more people coming to the streets to protest against the government.
The problem is not the government but the protesters who are not part of the government,” Singh said.
The violence in Delhi began when a group of young men set fire to an elderly woman and a couple of men, injuring seven others, on a highway in the city.
Police have claimed that the protesters were “armed and aggressive” and said that one person died in hospital.
Demonstrators are also blaming the government for not preventing the incidents and saying the government should have acted when the violence broke out.
A few days ago, two men were killed when a car ploughed into a crowd in central Delhi, triggering a wave of violence.
The police have blamed the attack on “armed youth”.
But the protests have become more violent.
On Thursday night, a group carrying the black flag of the Hindu Rashtra Samithi (HRS), a Hindu nationalist organisation, clashed with police, and two of its members were killed.
On Friday, a mob attacked the office of the Delhi government, killing at least eight people.
The government has denied responsibility for the violence.
Demonstrations have continued on the National Highway between New Delhi and the national capital, with many people blaming the authorities for not taking enough action.
In a statement, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government was “trying to cover up” the protests, and that the protests were a “blatant attempt to disrupt the functioning of the nation”.
He said the protests had become a “crisis” for the city and said the authorities were “covering up” any incidents of violence by blaming the protests on “an isolated group”.
“We are witnessing the worst violence in the history of the country.
We must take swift action to ensure public safety, including stopping the attacks by any group on any of the roadways in the country,” he added.