Unlike previous years, Shab-e-Barat was observed on Friday night with no major law-and-order issues in the capital. This was in large parts due to the Delhi Police clampdown and Muslim youths working with police to ensure minimal traffic disruption and checks on stunt-biking. Muslim youth could be seen at several pickets along with police personnel, counselling bikers and regulating traffic.
The capital also saw heavy police presence, especially near India Gate. Most roads leading to the C-hexagon were barricaded and the monument grounds was sealed off.
Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Taj Hasan, who was in-charge of the law-and-order arrangement on Friday night, said, “All those who helped police were volunteers from the community and not religious leaders.”
Although the night was largely peaceful, a number of youths were fined for rash driving, triple-riding and not wearing helmets. There were also reports of a motorcycle catching fire near Pragati Maidan Metro station.
However, Hasan said no such incident had taken place. “Let me clarify that no bike was set on fire by youths. Petrol was dripping from one of the bikes, and probably a cigarette stub caused the petrol to flare up. It was an accident and the bike did not catch fire,” he said.
Police said 853 bikes were impounded and 2,884 challans were issued on Friday.