Delhi Hanuman Jayanti: Nine people, including eight police personnel, were injured in the violence.

New Delhi:
Members of two communities clashed in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area last night after stones were allegedly thrown at a Hanuman Jayanti procession.

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  1. Nine people, including eight police personnel and a civilian, were injured in the stone-pelting and the clash that followed, police have said.

  2. Among those injured is Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Medhalal Meena. He has suffered a bullet injury in his hand. His condition is stable, police said. Aslam, who allegedly fired the shot, is among those arrested and a countrymade pistol seized from him.     

  3. Police have arrested 14 people in connection with the stone-pelting and the violence. Police sources said more suspects have been identified using CCTV footage and videos on social media and efforts are underway to arrest them.

  4. Police have registered a case under sections relating to rioting, attempt to murder and Arms Act. Ten teams of officers from the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been formed to investigate the matter. 

  5. According to the FIR, the rally was passing by a mosque when Ansar, one of the arrested accused, allegedly started arguing with those participating in the rally. The altercation soon escalated and both sides started throwing stones at each other, the FIR says. 

  6. Local resident Noor Jahan said this was the first time arms were wielded in a Hindu religious rally in the area. She rejected allegations that the violence started from the mosque. Rakesh, one of those who participated in the rally, said they were moving peacefully when stone-pelting started and they retaliated.  

  7. Last night, police kept vigil in Jahangirpuri and several other sensitive areas in the city. This morning, there is heavy force in the area and CRPF and Rapid Action Force has also been called in to keep the situation under control. 

  8. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana yesterday said that the situation is being closely monitored. “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,” he told NDTV.

  9. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Mr Asthana and Delhi Police’s Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Dependra Pathak, and asked them to handle the matter sensitively. Sources said a copy of the probe report will be sent to the Home Ministry too.

  10. 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.

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