New Delhi: A group of youths clashed in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri on Saturday, following which police had to rush in reinforcements to ensure that violence did not escalate. Shopkeepers in the area downed shutters fearing the violence would escalate but the situation was brought under control within half an hour.
According to police, as many as four companies of police personnel have been deployed in the locality to restore peace. Two years ago, Trilokpuri had witnessed a month-long curfew following a communal clash during Diwali. Over 50 persons were injured and five persons were arrested in connection with the incident. Since then, the area has been on high alert, especially during the festive season.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) Rishi Pal told The Indian Express that a case of rioting has been registered and a few persons have been detained. “We are collecting footage from the CCTV cameras installed in the market,” said Pal.
Sources said the scuffle broke out in a playground of a government school located between the two blocks of Trilokpuri. Ravi, a resident, said, “The school was shut but a group of boys were playing cricket on the ground. Another group were playing cards nearby. The ball landed close to the second group and one of the boys went to fetch the ball. The group did not return the ball and abused him instead .”
“He came and told his friends what had happened, following which a second person went to get the ball. The group abused him as too and a scuffle broke out,” added Ravi. Other residents intervened and managed to separate the two groups. Later, one of the boys was on his way to the market at 8.30 pm when he was allegedly beaten up by the other group.
Police said residents from both blocks gathered at the main chowk and began to pelt stones at each other. The stone-pelting lasted 20 minutes till local police arrived at the spot and resorted to mild force to disperse the crowd. While no one was injured in the stone pelting, the mob damaged some CCTV cameras installed outside the shops, said an officer.
Sources said the area, however, remains tense with police patrolling the locality round-the-clock. The boy beaten up by the group has been discharged from hospital, said police.