How the violence spread in Delhi when the police couldn't stop the riots

NEW DELHI: Although early Tuesday, police forced pro-CAA protesters to leave the temple on the main Maujpur-Jafrabad road, the epicenter of the violence that has now engulfed the entire northeast of Delhi, the violence moved to the inner lanes and on the other side of the Shahdara. drainage dividing the region both geographically and demographically.

The situation remained tense throughout the day, with the confrontators throwing stones at each other at 8 am near the Maujpur-Babarpur metro station.

When TOI arrived at the scene, he saw police officers attacked by stone throwers on the rooftops of Kabir Nagar. While the bridge was no man's land, there were columns of smoke over the houses in the interior lanes.

TOI heard regular shots. Dipak, with his forehead with a vermilion tilak, had an injured hand wrapped in a handkerchief. “They are shooting at us from the rooftops. Four people have been injured, ”he said. Shantanu Mittal, who lives next to the subway station, was recording the scene from the terrace when the crowd knocked on his door. I was scared and deleted all the videos, he said.

TOI saw another group preparing gasoline pumps. They also used slings to attack those on the roofs. Journalists were warned not to film the scenes, and there was no security in the presence of extremely inadequate police presence. Around 1.45 p.m., the joint commissioner Alok Kumar arrived with four staff buses. Half an hour later, security personnel fired tear gas shells at pro-CAA protesters to push them back and relative calm prevailed for almost an hour.

The road from the Shani temple to Ghonda was black with the ashes of the goods looted from the stores. Identifying himself as Gupta, a shoe salesman, he murmured: “They confused my store as belonging to the other community. I had only rented this recently. ” TOI saw older women watching the stores while urging the young men who wielded canes to forgive them. If we leave, we will lose our lifelong savings, one of them said.

Rioters pointed to CCTV cameras to evade identification later. The owner of the Shubham Collection store begged them not to touch the store, since it belonged to someone like you. He, his wife and son sang Jai Shri Ram to prove their credentials, but the cameras were turned off.

Back near the temple, BJP official Jai Bhagwan Goyal arrived to placate the crowd. People from the other community want to show us in low light during President Trump's visit. So let's have peace, ”he implored, but the mob mocked him to come back and say those things when the other community was in the attack.

Around 3.30 p.m. Quick Action Force contingents came and used tear gas to disperse the mafia. A flag march from Kardampuri to Jafrabad followed amid reports of a van of the rapid response team that caught fire in Jafrabad. TOI also saw a Gramin Sewa vehicle and several motorcycles burning on the 100-foot road near Chhajupur.

A high-ranking police officer revealed late at night that the arterial road, including the place where women sit at the Jafrabad subway station, had been cleared and CrPC Section 144 imposed in the area.