August 22, 2012 1:51:48 am
Two communities clashed in West Delhis Nangloi area around 5.30 pm on Tuesday. The flashpoint,police said,was a molestation attempt.
Several persons including police personnel were injured in the clash and policemen had to use tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
Police said over 20 people were injured in the clash,but none of them were willing to visit the hospital as they feared arrest. Five police officers were among those injured.
Tension began brewing in Budh Vihar gali on Monday after a woman a few men allegedly tried to molest a girl outside Nangloi Metro station.
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The girl returned with some of her people and they entered into a scuffle with the molesters. Following a PCR call,police personnel arrived at the spot and requested the two communities to calm down, a senior police officer said.
The situation was brought under control and about 25 police personnel were stationed in the area.
However,around 5.30 pm on Tuesday,the situation went out of control when the two groups,who live in the same gali,began pelting stones at each other.
Before we knew it,tension had spread to the entire locality and around 700 people began pelting stones at one another. We had to resort to the use of tear gas shells to bring the crowd under control. Within a few minutes,the entire district police had arrived at the spot, the officer said.
Additional Commissioner of Police (West) V Renganathan said,We have registered a case of rioting. Several persons have been detained. We will catch the culprits soon.
By 9 pm,the situation had been brought under control. Police are looking for the woman who was allegedly molested. She will have to give us a statement and we will investigate further, said a senior police officer.
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