Updated: April 18, 2022 3:11:15 am
A day after communal clashes broke out in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri following a shobha yatra organised to mark Hanuman Jayanti, a meeting of aman (peace) committees on Sunday to discuss the way forward ended abruptly after a BJP councillor blamed “illegal immigrants” for the violence.
Tension prevailed in the area even as companies of CRPF and the Rapid Action Force manned the streets in full riot gear. In the middle of the chowk, where the violence broke out on Saturday, broken stones and shards of glass were swept away as police erected a white tent to hold the meeting.
Senior police officers from the Northwest district flanked by DCP Usha Rangnani, aman committee members from Mahender Park, Jahangirpuri, and Adarsh Nagar, and BJP councillor from Adarsh Nagar Garima Gupta attended the meeting.
The DCP appealed for peace, promised strict action, and asked the aman committees, which comprise members from different communities, to play an active role in combating rumours to ensure peace in the area.
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“Both groups should have restrained themselves. There should be law and order, and communal harmony. Police will investigate with fairness and neutrality. If a situation arises, some mischievous elements take advantage of it.
There is scope for rumours and spreading fake news. I request you all to not follow such things,” the DCP said.
The senior officer then spoke briefly on the way forward: “Mischievous and anti-social elements should be contained. If you spot them, please take action and call us. There will be strict action against rioters.”
Councillor Gupta then asked the DCP for permission to speak. “I want to say this in open public. Hindus and Muslims have lived together in peace. The problem in our area, if I come straight to the point, is the Bangladeshi Muslims who have started living here,” Gupta said.
Rangnani asked Gupta to stop. “You are digressing from the issue,” the DCP said as she asked the aman committee members to leave the meeting. “Aap sab log apne ilake mein jaiye (please leave for your areas). Let us all maintain peace,” the DCP said and left.
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