Residents of riot-hit Trilokpuri say prohibitory orders for the past 15 days in the area have made them feel secure, crediting the massive police presence for the exceptionally low rate of crime in the last fortnight.
“I have never felt safer. The police allow women and elders to move about even when prohibitory orders are clamped. This is probably the most secure Trilokpuri has ever been,” said a local.
Currently, more than 500 police personnel work in shifts to maintain peace in the area. Prohibitory orders are relaxed between 6am and 10pm daily and imposed at night.
Residents now want the current prohibitory orders to continue in the area. Sources said high-ranking officials of the Delhi Police are likely to meet on November 10 to review prohibitory orders in Trilokpuri.
Violence broke out in the east Delhi neighbourhood on Diwali night and continued for three days, injuring 70 people including 56 policemen. Prohibitory orders were issued on October 25, with the deployment of over 1,000 police and Rapid Action Force personnel. Delhi Police also sought the help of drones, paintball bullets and night-vision goggles to prevent violence.
Residents claim while section 144 – that bars the assembly of more than four people in the area – disrupted their lives initially, it has turned out to be a boon.
“The area hasn’t witnessed such heavy deployment since the 1984 riots,” said a local shopkeeper.
“Initially we were worried because we were running out of ration and weren’t allowed to step outside our houses. But conditions are better now, with free movement allowed during the day,” the shopkeeper added.
Senior police officials claim law-enforcement agencies have been working round-the-clock to avoid violence in the area. “No major or petty case has been reported from the area since the riots. The condition is normal and police personnel are stationed in the area to maintain peace,” said Ajay Kumar, DCP (East).