Delhi Police Wednesday issued notices to nearly 50 Sangam Park residents suspected to have been involved in clashes in the locality over the weekend. These residents were asked to join the investigations or face action.
Till late evening, around 30 of those who got the notices turned up at the Bharat Nagar police station. “Police showed video recordings in which we can be seen throwing stones and rioting. We confessed that we were involved and asked for leniency. We do not know what will happen. But police have called us for a second round of meetings tomorrow at 10 am,” said a resident.
Through the day, police personnel went over to the homes of “suspects” and handed their family members the notices. Many of those named in the notices are hiding, said sources.
“We do not know what the police will do with my father if we get him to come join the investigation. I hope police will not arrest him. They say they only want a compromise between both communities. We are in favour of this. I called up my father. He said he would appear before police,” said Shahnawaz.
Chandrakala, who received notices for two of her sons, said, “My sons are innocent. They happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Flying bottles and bricks hit them and police now want to nab them. What do I do?”
Tension gripped the area Saturday following allegations of a girl being molested by a Muslim boy. Clashes erupted after the boy, Abid, was allegedly beaten up. At least 10 people were injured in clashes over two days.
A senior officer said, “…This exercise (issuing notices) is primarily for determining the degree of involvement of people.”