A clash broke out in northeast Delhi’s Gokulpuri area after two communities clashed over a minor issue Monday. Residents threw stones at each other, leaving several persons injured. Following allegations of delay in taking action, the station house officer of the area was sent to District Lines Monday evening. Senior officers said disciplinary action will be taken against him.
The clash broke out at 4 pm after a scuffle broke out between two persons of Chaman Park who were on a motorcycle and a few persons flying kites on a street in Shiv Vihar.
According to sources, a portion of both localities falls under the jurisdiction of Gokulpuri and Karawal Nagar police stations, and always remains tense during festive seasons.
According to eyewitnesses, the motorcyclists asked the people flying the kites to give way. This led to an argument and a scuffle broke out between the two groups.
The two men fled the spot. However, after a few minutes, they returned with more people. Both groups then began to throw stones and bottles at each other, said sources.
Soon, police personnel reached the spot and tried to pacify the two groups. Sources said police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd. At least a dozen persons from both sides were detained and taken to the police station. Police said a few persons who received minor injuries were taken to hospital and discharged after treatment.
Sources said the station house officer (SHO) reached the spot late, due to which action was delayed.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) A K Singla told The Indian Express that the SHO has been sent to District Lines and that police were probing the matter. At least two companies of police personnel have been deployed in the two localities to control the situation. “We have detained some persons from both sides. The situation is under control,” said Singla.
A police officer said they would hold a confidence-building programme along with people from both groups on Wednesday so that the issue does not flare up further.