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FIRs say mobs took charge on Diwali night

Three police FIRs detail incidents leading to Saturday’s violence, point to central role of rumours.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: October 28, 2014 11:31:33 am
trilok-puri KEEPING TROUBLE OUT: Most of Trilokpuri’s residents stayed inside gated streets and homes on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

The police have filed three FIRs that say most Saturday rioters possessed illegal fire arms and the mob attacked police officials who were trying to stop the violence.


According to the first FIR that was registered on October 23, the day of Diwali, the police received a call from Block 20 in Trilokpuri around 7:57pm informing about an ongoing fight. The FIR, registered suo moto, states that when a police officer reached the spot, he found commotion in the area, with people pelting stones from the terraces of buildings in the area. Many were seen running to save themselves.

The FIR further states that when the police reached the spot, it was found that a person had lit a cracker and thrown it outside a house which triggered the fight. “The mob was violent and was hurling stones, breaking bottles. Four cars parked in the area were also damaged in the process.

“The SHO reached the spot and tried to disperse the crowd. Other senior officers along with extra force also reached the spot and the situation was brought under control. The entire spot was then photographed by the crime team for evidence,” says the FIR.


The second FIR was registered on October 24. Information about a mob hurling stones near Block 27 was received. When the police reached the spot, it was found that mobs had already gathered on the corners of block 21 and 27 and were throwing stones at each other.
The SHO who reached the spot soon after tried to intervene and stop the crowd but the mob ignored repeated warning issued by the police. It is then when the police had to resort to violence to disperse the crowd. “Lathicharge and tear gas shells were used by the police to stop the unruly mob. Three tear gas shells were lobbed, which made the mob even more angry and they got more violent.


The third FIR, registered on October 25, states that around 10:25pm a group of Muslim residents fought with a police officer near a masjid in block 27 and locked him up. Following this, senior officers reached the spot. Till then, a crowd had gathered near the masjid and started pelting stones. When the ASI in the area tried to stop the mob, he was also attacked by people.

“The gathering swelled and the situation got out of control. It is then when the SHO pulled out his loudspeaker and announced that section 144 CrPc has been imposed in the area and unlawful assembly is prohibited, but the crowd did not stop and continued pelting stones at police personnel,” the FIR states.

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