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Hanuman Jayanti procession attacked in Muslim-dominated area of Delhi

Police sources said it had been a tradition to organise the procession on Hanuman Jayanti every year but it was attacked on reaching Jahangirpuri

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After similar incidents on Nav Samvatsar in Rajasthan and during Ram Navami in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, Muslims attacked and Hindus retaliated in the Muslim-dominated Jahangirpuri area today during Hanuman Jayanti. Muslims threw stones at a Hindu after which the Hindus reacted fiercely. Many people, including policemen, were injured in the riot.

The injured were admitted from Jahangirpuri to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital for treatment.

Delhi Police PRO DCP Anvais Rai said that the was attacked in Jahangir Puri.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Delhi Police’s Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepender Pathak, directing him to take necessary steps in view of the violence.

A police officer said this was a traditional and police personnel were deployed for security, but as soon as the procession approached the Kushal theatre, a clash broke out between the two communities.

The policemen present on the spot were injured while trying to stop the violence. There have been reports of and sporadic arson on the people in the procession.

Top police officials are still on the spot. The situation is under control and additional forces have been deployed. Police said they are still confirming the exact number of cops hurt in the riot.

Some videos of the incident have come to the fore, in which people are seen and indulging in arson.

Amidst the violent chaos, policemen wearing helmets are seen in the video trying to bring the situation under control. In other videos, youths are seen throwing stones.

In view of the incidents of arson, two vehicles of Delhi Fire Service reached the spot, although Director of Delhi Fire Service Atul Garg says that the incidents were quite sporadic and so the operation was called off and the vehicles called back.

Many vehicles along the road passing through Jahangirpuri were damaged in the arson. Hundreds of people were seen emerging from a thick plume of smoke.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to maintain peace. “The country cannot progress without making peace. Everyone has to maintain peace and order. If needed, action will be taken by the police. It is the responsibility of the union government to maintain peace and order in Delhi. I will appeal to the people to maintain peace too,” the chief minister said.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that the situation in the North-West police district of Delhi was finally under control. “Additional forces have been deployed in Jahangirpuri and other sensitive areas. Senior police officers have been asked to stay in the area and patrol continuously with a keen eye on maintaining law and order,” he said.

The commissioner said that strict action would be taken against the rioters. He asked the general public not to pay heed to rumours and fake news on social media.

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