The Delhi Police on Monday arrested four persons, a day after two communities threw bricks at each other in north Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila area.
According to police, a group of around 25 people were involved in a clash around 9 pm on Sunday. A 16-year-old boy of Valmiki Colony had gone to the market located in the Sahsi Colony. He had an argument with some men of Sahsi Colony. Soon, groups of people from both communities gathered and threw stones at each other. Both colonies lie on either side of a road in Majnu ka Tila area.
“Around 30 policemen have been deployed and the situation is under control. We have made four arrests and identified six more people who were involved in the clashes,” Madhur Verma, DCP (north) said.
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In Valmiki Colony, where most residents are municipal employees, The Indian Express spoke to the mother of the 16-year-old boy. She said her son had gone to the market to buy eggs.
According to her, two boys from Sahsi Colony had a spat with her son, resulting in a minor scuffle. “Many people from Sahsi Colony formed a group and started throwing bricks on our side of the colony. They have been looking for an opportunity to hit our people,” she alleged.
On the other side of the road in Sahsi Colony, the shopkeepers who were witness to the incident said the residents of Sahsi Colony have been unnecessarily creating trouble. Shopkeepers said their business was being hit because of frequent trouble. They said police patrolling could deter the trouble-makers.
“There have been at least three incidents and we have been telling police to man the area, but in vain,” said one of the shopkeepers.
However, in Sahsi Colony, home to mostly daily-wage labourers, residents blamed the people of Valmiki Colony.
“Those people (from Valmiki Colony) are drunk whenever they enter our area and misbehave with our women. What should we do?” one of the residents alleged.