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‘If police had not intervened, more persons would have been injured’: Cop who sustained bullet injury during Jahangirpuri violence

Meda Lal Meena (50), who has been with the Delhi Police since 1993, was one of seven police personnel who were injured in the violence that broke out during a shobha yatra in the area on Saturday evening.

Written by Sukrita Baruah | New Delhi |
Updated: April 18, 2022 10:32:54 am
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If the police would not have placed themselves between both sides, many more people would have been injured, said sub-inspector Meda Lal Meena, who sustained a bullet injury during the violence at Jahangirpuri on Saturday.

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Meena (50), who has been with the Delhi Police since 1993, was one of seven police personnel who were injured in the violence that broke out during a shobha yatra in the area on Saturday evening. He sustained a bullet injury in his left forearm.

A senior police officer said nine people, including eight police personnel and a local resident, were injured and they all are recuperating at the Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

“The rally had started around 4.30 pm, and they had gone around other blocks of Jahangirpuri. They were moving forward with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans when they reached the C block mosque around 6 pm. I was at the back, so I don’t know what the cause was, but there was a confrontation and fighting. Those of us at the back came forward, intervened and separated both groups,” he said.

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Stones were thrown in the Jahangirpuri area, and the situation remained tense until late night on Saturday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

He said people in the yatra were moved towards G block and residents of C block were kept on their side, while police stationed themselves in the middle at Kushal Chowk. “It had become peaceful again, but then after around 10 minutes, people came rushing with swords and rods and stone pelting started. Around 8-10 rounds were fired and I was injured then,” he claimed.

 

He said this was the third yatra that had been taken out on Saturday, and that he was present there from around 2 pm. “If police would not have placed themselves in the middle, a lot more people would have been injured. Koi kisi se kam nahi hota,” he said.

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