Fresh violence was reported from Majnu ka Tilla in north Delhi on Saturday in which over 40 people were injured.
According to locals, while there had been no case of stone pelting or any other violence overnight in the North Delhi area, things spiralled out of control at around 3pm and again at 7pm.
“All of a sudden we heard noises from both sides and stones raining on our houses,” said Kamal Kant, a resident of the village.
Clashes in the area, home to a majority of Tibetans, began after a small argument between two groups on Thursday evening over a game of cards. However, it soon turned into a riot-like situation as two groups belonging to Majnu Ka Tilla and New Chadrawal village clashed.
People blamed members of their rival group for starting the violence. “In spite of heavy deployment of forces — some men found their way into the village and started abusing. They provoked violence,” said a local resident.
“People began pelting stones on the main road also — injuring several passersby and damaging vehicles,” said Kishan Pal, an eyewitness. Locals claim more than 40 people have been injured and over a dozen vehicles damaged.
Police officials say that while the situation is still tense, forces have been deployed to avoid any major incident. “Apart from members of the police force, additional personnel of Rapid Action Force have also been brought in,” said a police officer.