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Advitya Bahl and Snehal Tripathi, New Delhi: A group of youths clashed in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri on
Saturday, following which police had to rush in reinforcements to ensure that violence did not escalate. Shopkeepers in the area downed shutters fearing the violence would escalate but the situation was brought under control within half an hour.
Police said six CCTV cameras and 2 lamp posts were damaged in the stone pelting. A case of rioting has been registered.
The clash was reported from outside the Madina Masjid Chowk, located between blocks 29 and 32, in Trilokpuri.
Police said that the incident took place after a 23-year-old man was beaten by a group of youths at around 8.30pm. Locals said the clash escalated and two groups of Hindus and Muslim youths pelted stones at each other. The situation at present was under control and the police claimed that on Saturday night they had reached the spot within 20 minutes of the incident being reported. Trilokpuri in east Delhi has had a history of riots and communal tension.
In October 2014, groups of Hindu and Muslim youths had clashed in the area after a Mata ki Chowki Jagran was organised in front of a mosque on Diwali night. The clash continued for three days, during which about three dozen people, including policemen, were injured. In April 2015 again, two groups had clashed after entering into an argument over parking issues.
“It was very frightening. Two groups of men were throwing stones at each other. CCTV cameras and lamp posts were damaged. I was so scared that I pulled my shop shutter down and ran towards home,” said Sameer, who runs a chemist shop near Masjid chowk.
One of those injured in the clash, K Jaikumar (23), a resident of block 29, alleged that the clash began after he was attacked by a group of youths.