Clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri district during a religious procession; several people injured
Members of two communities clashed in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area today after stones were allegedly thrown during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Several people, including police officers, were injured in the ensuing chaos.
Footage of the clashes shows huge groups of people on different sides of a road throwing rocks at each other and quickly falling back as police try to intervene.
Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said it was not just Jahangirpuri but other adjacent and sensitive areas had also seen clashes.
“The situation is being monitored. Additional forces have been sent to troubled areas and senior officials have been requested to remain in their respective areas to monitor the situation and supervise patrols. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) has also been Two police officers were injured, but the nature of the injuries can only be known after investigation,” he told NDTV.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the stone throwing and called for action against those involved. “Call on everyone to hold hands and keep the peace,” he said on Twitter.
All the injured were admitted to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital in Jahangirpuri for treatment.
Delhi Police Public Relations Officer DCP Anyesh Roy said there was a ruckus during the procession and there were reports of stones being thrown at procession participants, with a few incidents of arson also reported.
Around 200 Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed with the Delhi Police following the stone incident.
After the violence, police in the 14 districts were put on alert by the special branch and senior officers were asked to be on the ground. Police said the Shobha Yatra was being held in multiple areas and officers were asked to monitor the situation.