Peace still prevailed in Jahangirpuri’s C Block

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Peace still prevailed in Jahangirpuri’s C Block

On Sunday, an uneasy calm prevailed in Jahangirpuri's C Block, a day after a violence broke out during a Hanuman Jayanti procession.

Shops and markets near Jahangirpuri metro station were as usual on Sunday, and there was a heavy police deployment in C Block, the epicentre of the violence that left eight police personnel and a local injured.

Sheikh Amzad, a resident of C Block, said he was inside the mosque in C Block when the violence broke out on Saturday evening.

Participants of the Hanuman Jayanti procession were chanting Jai Shri Ram'' and raising provocative slogans. They entered the mosque and started tying saffron flags in its premises. They were threatening us with swords. That was when stone pelting began. Such an incident has never happened before in Jahangirpuri, Amzad told PTI.

Amzad claimed that more than 50 people had entered the mosque.

Security has been beefed up in and around C and D blocks near the mosque. The police force has been deployed at every 200 metres and the barricades have been put up. The shops around the mosque were shut down despite this.

Manoj Kumar said he was at his shop in C Block when the violence broke out.

I saw people screaming and rushing inside their houses. I have seen verbal altercations between the communities before. The people in the procession were carrying weapons, but stone pelting was first done by Muslims, Kumar claimed.

The police said there was a lot of stone-pelting and arson during the clashes between the two communities. Some vehicles were also torched.

The Delhi Police arrested 14 people over the violence.

Mukesh, a shopkeeper who lives in C Block near the mosque, said those who tried to disrupt the peace in the area must have been outsiders.

I have been staying here for the last 35 years but have never seen such violence in this area. Hindus and Muslims live peacefully here. People who were in the procession must be outsiders and not Jahangirpuri locals, Mukesh said.