The faultlines of the Trilokpuri riots have reached the classroom.
A little more than a month after riots broke out in this part of east Delhi, at least two reports in the last three days of brawls involving school students have deepened the polarisation. At least 70 were injured and more than 70 arrested in the riots that raged for three days in October.
In one case, two victims in their police complaint said they were asked about their religion before being beaten up by fellow students. After the violence, the police headquarters on Tuesday sent Rapid Action Force personnel to guard the government school in Block 27. The police also met the school principal and asked him to keep a sharp eye on mischief-makers.
In another case, locals alleged some boys in a Mayur Vihar Phase I government school smeared the face of a fellow student with meat, ridiculing him over his religion.
The police, however, denied such an incident happened.
The violence at the Block 27 school started Saturday afternoon. A 14-year-old, Class 9 student was allegedly thrashed by seniors outside the school. The victim in his police complaint alleged the group asked him whether he was Muslim or Hindu.
“When I told them, the blows started. I managed to flee and reach home. At least 30 students thrashed me. Some locals present at the spot rescued me from them,” he alleged.
The victim lodged a police complaint but no FIR has been registered. His father, Mohammed Kilabuddin, told HT, “The other boys were also there. The police told us they are kids and it was a normal fight between them and my son. Those who are brainwashing these students should be punished severely.”
Kalibudin alleged that on Monday, he asked his 17-year-old elder son to drop his younger son to school.
“At around 1pm, the two had reached the school gate when the same boys hurled abuses and blows on him. My sons told me there were at least 20 boys. My elder son has sustained head injuries but police asked us to compromise,” he said. “Later, a local leader brought some of those boys to the police station. They said it was a two-way fight and they could also press charges. I have not heard from the police since then.”
A senior police officer who refused to be quoted said there was no communal angle in the two reported brawls. “It was a normal brawl between students. Moreover, all involved are minors so we did not register a case. We have warned the principal and teachers and asked them to ensure students do not take advantage of the recent riots,” the officer said.