Violence broke out at B K Dutt Colony near the Jorbagh Karbala in South Delhi on Friday evening following an altercation between two groups — the residents of the B K Dutt RWA and visitors to the Karbala. Initial investigations have revealed that the scuffle escalated with both sides pelting stones at each other as well as cars parked in the area for over 20 minutes.
According to police, the incident came to light after some locals made a call to the Police Control Room at 8.15 pm informing them of the incident. “After receiving the PCR call, local police immediately rushed to the spot. A team, comprising the ADCP (south), three ACPs, eight to 10 SHOs and their respective forces also reached the spot to control the situation,” an officer added.
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No one has been arrested, but five people have been detained so far, police said. “The matter was sorted out after the police intervened. Heavy police force was present at the spot to maintain the law and order situation,” a senior officer said.
Aga Hossain of the Karbala said that the incident happened at around 6.30 pm when a group of people entered the dargah and started creating a ruckus. “Every year on November 21, we organise a function and more than two lakh people visit us. We were constructing a parking gate inside the dargah when a group of people came inside and objected to it when they had no business in doing so because it was our internal matter. Later, they started pelting stones and in defence people from inside the dargah started pelting stones at them. It continued for some time until the police came .”
Sudhir Mahajan of BK Dutt RWA said that the people from the dargah had made a barricade. “They were trying to occupy the DDA land by erecting a big barricade at Khasra number 39. When people objected, they pelted stones and glass bottles at people on the road as well those sitting inside their vehicles. Some people have been injured.”
Around 200 policemen were at the spot wearing headgears and wielding lathis. They patrolled the whole area and asked people to stay indoors. At 11.30 pm, police sources said, the personnel were dispersed from the dargah area and ordered to patrol around the B K Dutt Colony.
ADCP (south) Nupur Prasad, who was at the spot, said that around 200 police personnel have been deployed to control the situation.
“We were informed around 8 pm. The stone pelting was from both sides allegedly due to the erection of a parking gate. We are patrolling the area.”
The Karbala was also the centre of riots in 2012, when residents clashed with police.