Violence erupted at the Sabzi Mandi branch of IDBI bank in north Delhi Saturday after security guards stopped a youth from forcefully entering the bank.
The situation escalated when the youth called his father, who came along with 8-10 people and allegedly started pelting stones at the bank and vandalised property inside, apart from injuring three people. Local district police rushed to the spot. Most of the stone pelters fled as soon as they saw the police.
Police managed to nab one of the accused, and a case of rioting along with other sections of the IPC has been registered at Roop Nagar police station.
DCP (North) Madhur Verma said that the incident took place on Saturday morning. “We have arrested one 42-year-old Imran from the spot and a hunt is on to nab his associates,” Verma said.
Trouble started at 11.30 am when a long queue had formed to deposit and exchange money. Six people at a time were being allowed inside the bank.
“A young boy who had exchanged notes was trying to enter the bank again after breaking the queue. The guards tried to stop him but he forced his way through. When they eventually stopped him, he started abusing and got into a scuffle with one of the office boys,” said Nirbhay Shukla, a bank employee.
Shukla said that bank employees then rushed to the rescue of one of their colleagues, who had been dragged outside by the boy.
“We rescued him and pulled down the shutters. In the meantime, he called his father, who came with about eight others. They forced open the shutters, started threatening us and vandalised the bank,” he said.
Shukla said the bank staffers panicked and some of them rushed to the bathroom, while others locked themselves inside the secure vault area of the bank.
One of the security guards, Jogendra Pal, said, “The mob tried to snatch my gun. They pushed me and I got injured. I rushed inside the bank to save myself, but they threw a large stone, which broke the toughened glass.”
A guard and a bank staffer were taken to the hospital.