NEW DELHI (August 15, 2013)— Communal Clash in Tilak Vihar, New Delhi. Reports indicate incident took place outside of a police post 80 Gajj Colony in Tilak Nagar. 500 policemen were brought in to control the situation, who then opened fire resulting in 8 shooting victims(Sikhs) and 22 being injured from the communal clash. Victims are being treated at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where the condition of one person who received a bullet in the stomach, others being in serious condition and two policemen was said to be serious.
Sunny Singh, who was admitted to DDU Hospital with gunshots, said: “I was hit by a bullet in the police firing when I was running to save myself. People were pelting stones”. Mohar Singh and Raghunath were also admitted with bullet injuries. Other locals at the hospital also alleged that police opened fire.
Locals said the violence started as a verbal spat between a biker and a passerby but it soon turned nasty after their supporters started pelting stones at each other. When police intervened, the fight became a full-scale riot in which about a dozen police and private vehicles were set on fire. Another group of witnesses said the fight snowballed from an argument between children flying kites on Independence Day. Police, however, said the fight started when members of one community pulled up three stunt bikers from the other.
Soon after the fight started, police along with paramilitary forces reached the spot and cordoned it off. Media persons and passersby were stopped 2km away to prevent a flare-up. The clashes peaked around 4.30pm, briefly forcing the cops to take cover from the shower of stones. Police then charged the mob with lathis and started lobbing tear gas shells. Reinforcements from specialized units—AATS, special staff and the reserve police—also arrived. A few rounds were fired in the air and then the rioters began to disperse. After two hours of extensive riot control measures, the situation was brought under control around 7.30pm.
“Appeal to all by the President DSGMC Manjit Singh GK, Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Harmit Singh Kalka, as they all are traveling an out of country and town. Please maintain peace and do not get provoked by the news of clash between groups at Tilak Vihar so that further no damage is done.Area Members DSGMC and responsible people are already there trying to work out with the authorities to solve the case.”
Clash Footage By Sikh Channel
Sources: TOI, Hindustan Times, Sikh Channel
Article By Hindustan Times:
Twelve people — including three with serious gunshot wounds — and six police personnel were injured in a clash between two communities in west Delhi’s Tilak Vihar on Thursday.
According to the police, seven private vehicles were also set on fire and five police vehicles, including additional commissioner (west) V Renganathan’s official car, were damaged by an angry mob that resorted to stone pelting.
The police reportedly fired six rounds in the air and used over a dozen teargas shells to disperse the mob. The injured were taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where the condition of one person who received a bullet in the stomach and two policemen was said to be serious.
“The youths got friends from their colony and beat up some youngsters belonging to the other community. Soon the situation got worse and both sides resorted to stone pelting,” said a senior police officer.
When personnel from the Tilak Vihar police post tried to pacify the mob, the agitated mob attacked them with stones and bricks.
Dipak Mishra, special commissioner (law and order), said, “The situation is under control.” At the time of going to press, a force of 500 policemen had contained the violence and detained several people.