New Delhi: Clashes broke out between members of two communities in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area after stones were allegedly pelted at a Hanuman Jayanti procession called ‘Shobha Yatra’. Several people, including policemen, 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 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.
दिल्ली के जहांगीर पुरी में शोभायात्रा में पथराव की घटना बेहद निंदनीय है। जो भी दोषी हों उन पर सख़्त कार्रवाई होनी चाहिए। सभी लोगों से अपील- एक दूसरे का हाथ पकड़कर शांति बनाए रखें।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 16, 2022
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.