Delhi riots: Situation under control, senior officers on ground, says Delhi Police chief

by Abbas Adil

Violent clashes broke out between two groups in the Jahangirpuri area of the National capital on Saturday evening, in which several people as well as police personnel were injured.

The Delhi Police are yet to furnish any details about the incident. However, sources said that violence erupted after there was stone pelting during a Shobha Yatra taken out in the area.

A Fire Department official told IANS that they received several calls in the evening regarding arson in the area.

“We can’t respond to such requests, but at 6.43 p.m., we got a call about a fire incident at a shop in the Jahangirpuri area after which two fire tenders were immediately pressed into service,” the official said.

The official further informed that two fire engines are still in the area as a precautionary measure.

The injured have been shifted to the Babu Jagjeevan Ram hospital.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday evening spoke to Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthan to take stock of the situation after widespread clashes were reported from Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area following alleged stone pelting on a Shobha Yatra, leaving several persons injured, including cops.

Sources said the Delhi Police chief has also briefed the officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the present situation in the violence-hit area.

A Fire Department official told IANS that they received several calls in the evening regarding arson in the area.

“We can’t respond to such requests, but at 6.43 p.m., we got a call about a fire incident at a shop in the Jahangirpuri area after which two fire tenders were immediately pressed into service,” the official said.

However Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said on Saturday night that the situation is under control in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area, where violent clashes broke out took after stones were allegedly pelted at a Hanuman Jayanti procession.

“In today’s incident in NW District, the situation is under control. Adequate additional force has been deployed in Jahangirpuri and other sensitive areas,” the Asthana said.

He further informed that senior officers have been asked to remain on the ground and closely supervise the law and order situation and undertake patrolling.

Strict action will be taken against the guilty, he said.

“Citizens are requested to not to pay heed to any rumour or fake news on social media,” Asthana said.

While the full details of the incident are yet to come out, sources said that the violence erupted after there was stone pelting on a ‘Shobha Yatra’ taken out in the area.

A Fire Department official told IANS that they received several calls in the evening regarding arson in the area.

“We can’t respond to such requests, but at 6.43 p.m., we got a call about a fire incident at a shop in the Jahangirpuri area after which two fire tenders were immediately pressed into service,” the official said.

The injured have been shifted to the Babu Jagjeevan Ram hospital.

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