It was through a newspaper on Sunday morning that Sachin Singh, 31, who lives 500 metres away from the riot-affected Trilokpuri area, got to know about the situation.
The immediate cordoning off of the trouble spots and the heavy deployment of the police and the anti-riot Rapid Action Force meant that the unrest did not to spill out of the colony.
“Even the internal road that connects Mayur Vihar to Noida was open and there was no sign of violence,” said Singh who lives in pocket V of Mayur Vihar phase one, which is next to Trilokpuri.
Police said tension started from block 27 on October 23 and for the entire day only that block remained affected. Few instances of stone-pelting were reported on Friday but at no time did the situation go out of hand. It was on Friday night that the police had to deploy extra forces as residents of block 20 and 22 clashed and pelted stones.
“On Saturday, the situation worsened and a mob reached the road that runs parallel to the Noida link road. The road had to be closed,” said Mohammad Abid, a local resident.
But even as police clamped Section 144 on the area, the road connecting Mayur Vihar Phase 1 and Phase 2 remained open and the local residents of the resettlement colony, were not even aware of the clashes.
“My father in my hometown got to know about the riots and was worried but here it has remained localised for five days,” said Shradha, resident of pocket C of Mayur Vihar Phase 2.