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80 tear gas gun parties and water cannons deployed

Jahangirpuri clashes: National Security Act slapped on 5 accused persons, say sources

Over 500 police personnel and six companies of additional force are on job round the clock

Our Bureau, PTI New Delhi Published 19.04.22, 09:23 PM
Cops on the spot to to avert any escalation of violence in Jahangirpuri

Cops on the spot to to avert any escalation of violence in Jahangirpuri File Picture

The Delhi Police has slapped the stringent National Security Act on five accused persons arrested in connection with the violence in Jahangirpuri here, official sources said.

Among those booked under the stringent law are Ansar, the alleged "main conspirator" behind the violence, and Sonu, who was seen in a video opening fire during the violence on Saturday, they said. So far, the Delhi Police has arrested over 20 people in connection with the clashes that erupted during a procession on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.

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Heavy deployment of security personnel in violence-hit Jahangirpuri in northwest Delhi will continue till the time normalcy returns, officials said on Tuesday.

Clashes broke out between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Jahangirpuri on Saturday, in which eight police personnel and a local resident got injured.

According to police, there was stone-pelting and arson during the clashes and some vehicles were also torched.

On Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that the presence of police personnel in sensitive areas, including Jahangirpuri, will continue till the situation becomes normal.

Speaking to a television news channel, Asthana had said, "We have deployed adequate force not only in Jahangirpuri, but in other areas also. We will use technology for surveillance and are monitoring the situation to make sure that no untoward incident occurs in the future."

Meanwhile, the road in front of the mosque where the procession was allegedly attacked has been shut and the entire area was cordoned off with barricades by police.

Police have also pitched tents near the barricades.

Over 500 police personnel and six companies of additional force have been deployed in the area round the clock.

A total of 80 tear gas gun parties and water cannons have been deployed. Drones are also being used in sensitive areas for rooftop surveillance, police said.

All senior officers have been instructed to be at the spot to avoid any untoward incident, said.

On Monday, a peace march was organised by police along with the members of Aman Committee in Jahangirpuri area.

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