Delhi’s residential area of Mayur Vihar remained tense on Monday morning following mob violence on Sunday night. One person died and many including 15 policemen were injured in the clashes.
Three people have suffered bullet injuries, but the police denied firing saying only tear gas was fired. Firing by miscreants to create panic has not been ruled out.
Two police posts, six public transport buses and six private vehicles were damaged. A petrol pump was also targeted. The clashes happened after locals clashed with the police following reports that a policeman had beaten up a biker who had crashed into a police barricade.
The police claim the man was drunk but denied assaulting him. The locals have however accused the police of brutality. “He’s been shot in the heart. They only have authority to shoot in the legs, not the body,” one of the locals said.
Some eye witnesses claimed he ignored the signal and tried to flee but a police man tried to stop him and he fell down. He was then hit by a vehicle which was behind the scooter. Police denied the allegations.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment, a senior police official said.
However, police said a “rumour” spread in the area that the victim died in the incident and enraged locals gathered near the police post and clashed with the personnel.
Police say the situation is now under control. Heavy police deployment in the area continues.
The rioting took place in Mayur Vihar Phase-III at around 7:30 pm. Police lobbed tear gas shells and used force to disperse the crowd.