This Article is From Apr 17, 2022

Clashes At Delhi Hanuman Jayanti Procession, Amit Shah Speaks To Top Cop

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to top Delhi Police officers and directed them to take necessary action in wake of the violence.

Several people, including policemen, have been injured in the ensuing chaos.

New Delhi:

Members of two communities today clashed in Delhi's Jahangirpuri area after stones were allegedly pelted at a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Several people, including cops, have been injured in the ensuing chaos. 

Visuals from the clashes show huge groups of people on different sides of a road pelting stones at each other and quickly falling back as the police try to intervene. 

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that it's not just Jahangirpuri but other adjoining and sensitive areas have also seen clashes. 

"The situation is being monitored. Additional forces have been sent to troubled areas and senior officials have been asked to stay in their respective areas to monitor the situation and supervise patrolling. Two companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have also been deployed in and around Jahangirpuri. Two policemen have been injured but the nature of injuries can only be known after investigations," he told NDTV.

On Twitter, Mr Asthana said strict action will be taken against rioters and appealed to the people to not pay heed to rumours and fake news on social media. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Mr Asthana and Delhi Police's Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Dependra Pathak. He directed them to take necessary action in wake of the violence and handle the matter sensitively.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has condemned the stone-pelting and called for action against those involved. "Appeal to everyone to hold each others' hands and maintain peace," he said on Twitter. 

Speaking to reporters in the capital, he said the country cannot progress without peace. "Everyone needs to maintain peace and order. If required, there are the police and agencies. The central government is responsible for maintaining peace here. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace," he said.

Mr Kejriwal, in a second tweet, said that he has spoken to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal.

"Spoke to Hon'ble LG. He assured that all steps are being taken to ensure peace and that guilty will not be spared," he said.

All those injured have been admitted to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital in Jahangirpuri for treatment. 

Delhi Police's Public Relations Officer DCP Anyesh Roy said there was a ruckus during the procession and there have been reports of stone-pelting on participants of the procession, with some incidents of arson also reported.

"All our senior officers are at the spot and the situation is under control. Extra forces have been deployed. We are investigating which policemen have been injured," Mr Roy said.