Trilokpuri: Police on the toes for ‘jagran’ today

  • Jatin Anand and Mohit Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 12:03 IST

The Delhi Police are patting themselves on the back for ‘cleaning up’ east Delhi’s Trilokpuri of its most menacing residents following investigations into the riots which were triggered a week ago.

They are now preparing for their biggest challenge on Friday— a local Hindu religious ceremony that is to take place in the area.

Confirming the news of a jagran taking place, police officials claim that the religious gathering will be under heavy police deployment with personnel in full riot gear throughout the night as locals allege this could re-instigate riots in the area.

The jagran will take place at the same spot where the riot began from and has been declared a highly sensitive zone since then.

Senior officials camping in the area have been taking meetings with people of various religious groups to ensure problems of everyone is understood.

The police on the other hand claim to have arrested some of the most dangerous residents of the locality — both Hindus and Muslims — whose worrying criminal records surfaced after they were found to be involved in the violence.

“You can ask the women and teenage girls of the area about their behaviour; most residents are actually happy they’re behind bars,” said a senior police officer adding that, so far, 68 people have been arrested for inciting or participating in the violence.

According to sources, investigators are gearing up for a significant arrest —that of a ‘local politician’.

Senior police officers refused to either confirm or deny their intention to arrest BJP’s Sunil Vaidya, who is the former MLA from the area and is accused of having fanned the violence.

“One thing is for certain, however; we will call and question him sooner rather than later,” an officer said.

“We have met other locals and members of both the communities and have assured them our full support. Further, they have also agreed to maintain harmony and peace during the procession,” said Sanjay Baniwal, Joint CP (Eastern Range).

The members of the minority commission who visited the area on Wednesday stated that the ‘current jagran structure’ must be removed by Friday to normalize the situation. The police officers are now on their toes for the religious ceremony to be carried out peacefully. “The jagran will take place under security and without any disturbance,” Baniwal said.

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