At least 2,000 police personnel were deployed in Trilokpuri on Tuesday to search houses. Of the 700 houses searched, 70 per cent belonged to Hindus and 30 per cent to Muslims, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Ajay Kumar said.
Police said male members of most families were not found in the houses and only the women were present when the search was conducted. Most of them must have fled fearing arrest, police said.
Twelve more companies, in addition to those already deployed, were roped in to carry out the search in 10 blocks. Police said the search was carried out to seize firearms, hammers, swords, sharp objects, bricks and bottles used in the violence. “We also photographed the places where the material was stocked by the residents. It would be submitted as evidence,” a senior police officer said.
“Shops and markets were allowed to function normally for over three hours. We are reviewing the situation and the prohibitory orders may be relaxed for an extended period from tomorrow since the situation seems to be under control. Police personnel will, however, stay in the area,” the officer said.
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