Two communities broke out in a clash on Saturday evening in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri during a procession for the festival of Hanuman Jayanti. The clash resulted in stone-pelting and torched vehicles and left some police personnel wounded.
The violence comes days after clashes arose during the Ram Navami processions in multiple states.
Here are 10 key things to know about the clash.
1. According to police officials, nine people, including one civilian and eight police personnel were wounded when stones were pelted during the procession.
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2. Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Medhalal Meena is among those who were injured during the clash. Meena suffered a bullet wound in his hand, however, how he was shot remains unknown for now. According to the police, he is in a stable condition.
3. 14 people have been apprehended by the police for allegedly taking part in stone-pelting and other forms of violence. More suspects have been identified through CCTV footage and videos uploaded on social media.
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4. A case has been registered under sections of rioting, attempt to murder and Arms Act. Ten teams of officials from the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been told to look into the matter.
5. According to police sources, the preliminary investigation suggests a conspiracy angle to the cause of the violence.
6. After the incident, police kept a close watch in sensitive areas. They also requested people not to trust rumors circulating on the internet.
7. “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,” Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told NDTV.
8. Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police’s Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, and asked him to take care of the matter sensitively. According to sources, a copy of the investigation report will be given to the Home Ministry.
9. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the violence on Twitter. “Appeal to everyone to hold each others’ hands and maintain peace,” he said on the platform.
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10. “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,” Kejriwal told reporters in Delhi.