At least 28 people, including eight police personnel, sustained severe injuries during a minor riot at west Delhi’s Nangloi railway station on Friday morning, the police said.
The police attributed the injuries to undeterred stone pelting by local residents at a halted passenger train from adjacent Rohtak this morning - an alleged reaction to an altercation aboard a similar train last evening.
“The incident was reported around 7:45am. Several teams from different police stations were rushed to the spot. A team of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) also had to be deployed after the situation got out of hand,” said an officer.
The police said they had to resort to caning to restrain the crowd in addition to evacuating the entire railway station during the hour-long episode. A case of rioting was subsequently registered and eight people were arrested.
“According to those who were arrested, several milkmen from Rohtak, who travel on the route, used to beat passengers on daily basis on minor issues like not giving them space to sit,” said an officer.
“We were also told that, for the past three days, these men were forcing passengers to vacate seats and assaulting them at the drop of a hat. So on Friday, the residents gathered and decided to get back at them,” one of the arrested men said.
On Friday morning, when a local resident was apparently subjected to the same assault, he contacted his friends, who reached the station with some people.
The train halted at the station with those gathered at the platform pelting stones at it before storming it and assaulting those onboard.
The police said all those who suffered injuries during the episode had been rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, where they are still undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, the police have lodged two separate cases in connection with the case.
“Eight men have been arrested while around 12 people have been detained. Cases of rioting and destruction of public property have been lodged both at the Aman Vihar police station and by the GRP. We are investigating the matter and more arrests are likely to be made,” the officer added.