Two groups clashed in north Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila area on Sunday night. Police were rushed to the area, where they had to resort to mild force to disperse the mob.
According to police, a 16-year-old Balmiki boy had gone to a shop in Sahsi Colony around 9 pm. The Sahsi and Balmiki basti lie on either sides of the road in Majnu ka Tila. At the shop, the boy allegedly got into an argument with a group of men from the Sahsi community.
They then allegedly thrashed the boy, who suffered minor injuries, police said.
“By then, a patrol van drove up to them from the police post, which is roughly 220 metres from the spot. We told the boy that he could complain against the men and get an FIR registered. The boy, however, went back to the Balmiki colony and narrated the incident to his friends and family. The Balmiki community formed a group of around 20 men, came onto the road after 15 minutes and began pelting stones and bricks at shops and houses in the Sahsi Colony,” a police officer said.
Police said the Sahsi community also gathered a group and began pelting stones at the Balmikis.
North Delhi police rushed in around 200 personnel, who resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the crowd. After around an hour, calm was restored in the area with the mob retreating back to their homes. No one was injured in the clashes. Several vehicles were damaged, police said.
All senior police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma, reached the spot on Sunday night. Verma said, “There was a clash between two groups triggered by a few men thrashing a minor. We are looking into the matter and calm has been restored.”
Manish, a shopkeeper, who owns a general store, said, “I saw a group of men charging at my shop. They then began breaking goods in my shop and totally destroyed my wares. I made around 20 PCR calls but police did not arrive on time. They were casually asking for the address to my shop and directions to it. No one arrived till well over most of the clash was over.’’