A group of 15 masked men marched through Southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar’s B and C blocks, attacking residents late on Saturday.
According to police, six persons were detained on charges of attempt to murder after they injured two residents during the attack.
Police said the reason behind the incident was not yet clear and that they are investigating the case. However, sources said the assailants were local goons from neighbouring Tigri village who created trouble in the area on the night of Janmashtami.
Police said two residents suffered knife injuries while four others suffered minor injuries in the scuffle which ensued between residents and the gang.
While the assailants fled, angry residents gheraoed Sangam Vihar police station, demanding action against the assailants. Police rushed to the spot and took the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“A fight broke out between the residents and the accused party over some issue in the area. There were no shots fired since we did not retrieve any bullets from the scene. We were able to identify six of the assailants. We sent out teams to nab the culprits. We have detained five of them. They will be arrested soon, though one was arrested earlier. We have registered a case of attempt to murder against the suspects,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) M S Randhawa.
Residents however, had a slightly different tale to tell. Deepak (24) — whose father and uncle were attacked with knives in B Block — alleged, “We were celebrating Janmashtami in the clearing outside our house when a group of around 15-20 men came into our block from the neighbouring C Block. They were wielding knives and country-made pistols. They first fired several shots in the air and then began to smash my uncle’s television set which was placed outside his house.”
“When my uncle protested, the goons turned on him. They attacked him with a knife, injuring his back. They did the same to my father when he ran out and tried to stop them. The assailants then fled the spot. We made a PCR call. A police team had just reached our house when the gang returned. But they fled on seeing the policemen. We managed to catch hold of one of the men and handed him over to police. We think the men were drunk. They also attacked four residents in C Block,” he added.
Deepak said though a few policemen were patrolling the area, ‘suspicious’ outsiders on two-wheelers constantly rode through the block, issuing warnings and threats.
“This is the first time something like this has happened in our block,” he said.