- Clashes erupted at Seelampur in Delhi during a protest
- In visuals, armed policemen in riot gear were seen facing a large crowd
- A drone was spotted in the chaos, hovering over the trouble spots
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In visuals, armed policemen in riot gear were seen facing a large crowd in Seelampur, a thickly-populated neighbourhood in northeast Delhi prone to flare-ups. Protesters were seen throwing bricks at the police.
Buses and cars were left damaged and roads strewn with rocks, debris and paper after the clashes. Small fires on the road sent smoke into the air, along with the tear gas. The police said two bikes of traffic cops were burnt.
According to a senior police officer, the protest began around 1 pm, when school buses were on the roads taking children home. People from the area gathered at a prominent crossing for a protest march from Seelampur towards Jafrabad. Sources say trouble broke out when the crowd showed up a little early and was asked to disperse.
The protesters allegedly targeted buses, including school buses. The police moved in to check the violence but were outnumbered as protesters started throwing stones at them.
"Policemen have been injured. Forces are here. Cars have been damaged. We have mobile footage, which will be examined," said senior police officer Alok Kumar.
A drone was spotted in the chaos, hovering over the trouble spots. The Delhi Police reportedly used the drone to keep an eye on the ground situation.
Seelampur remained tense hours after the violence, with local elders appealing for peace. The entry and exit gates at six metro stations were shut for a few hours and traffic was restricted.
This is the second incident of violence after a protest march by students of the Jamia Millia University on Sunday turned violent. The police barged into the university campus and allegedly targeted students. 100 students were arrested and let off after midnight.
On Monday, many colleges across the country protested in solidarity with Jamia University.
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