NEW DELHI: Trilokpuri area here remained tense for the fourth day in a row on Sunday after clashes between two religious communities. However, no fresh incidents of communal violence were reported on Sunday.
With heavy police presence and surveillance at each point in the area, residents preferred to stay indoors. All the shops remain closed and all that could be seen in the area was police personnel and their vehicles.
Meanwhile, several families have begun moving out of the area. Some permanent residents have shifted to their relatives’ home elsewhere in the city and outside with a hope to return to the area once normalcy sets in.
Some others, mostly those living on rent, have decided to shift elsewhere permanently. Some families sent only young men away fearing their arrest by police.
In many families, women and children have been shifted elsewhere while men have stayed behind to “guard” their homes.
“I thought it was going to be one of those regular clashes we see. I shifted with my family to my brother’s home in Ghaziabad when the situation continued to escalate even on Saturday,” said Asma Sheikh, a local resident. Sheikh’s two brother-in-laws have stayed back at their home while their wives and children have gone to their native villages in Uttar Pradesh. In the meantime, the Delhi Police said that the forces have been doing their best to maintain peace in the area. Policemen from various police stations in the district have been deployed in the entire locality along with Rapid Action Force.
Law and Order Commissioner of Delhi Police Deepak Mishra, Joint Commissioner of Police, Eastern Range Sanjay Beniwal and Deputy Commissioner of Police East district Ajay Kumar have been taking regular rounds of the area.
Apart from this, the Aman communities constituted by the police have also been counselling people. So far, 60 people have been arrested under charges of rioting and arson. No fresh arrests were made on Sunday. In all, 14 people have been injured in the riots.
AAP Sees Bid to Polarise Society
The Aam Admi Party on sunday alleged that the communal violence has been committed in a pre-planned manner to polarise society on religious lines. “The AAP appeals to the people to maintain peace and clam and no attention should be given to rumours being spread by vested interests to create discord between communities,” AAP statement said.