A day after violence broke out in East Delhi's Mayur Vihar Phase-III on Sunday, Ghaziabad police has identified 279 bad characters from Khoda area and launched a manhunt to round them up.
Gorakh Nath Yadav, station house officer of Indirapuram area, said: "Police are combing in the area in search of miscreants, who reside in the locality and are notified as bad characters at the local police station. Police have rounded up several people in the locality but arrests have been made by Delhi police only."
"We are assisting Delhi police to nab the miscreants who created a ruckus on Sunday night," Yadav added.
Local residents claimed that no UP police officer visited the area even several hours after the riot. Khoda comes under jurisdiction of Ghaziabad police.They said the miscreants did not belong to the village.
They said a group of 25-30 youths, which torched vehicles and pelted stones at the police, had escaped to the "other side of the border".
They said the Delhi police had not entered the "core area". A number of young men have fled the area, fearing police action.
UP police have deployed reserve force and fire brigade at Khoda's entry point from NH-24 side. Rumours of stone-pelting doing the rounds in the morning were found to be fake.
Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police said, "Security has been beefed up at Noida-Khoda border and local intelligence units have been activated. We are constantly in touch with Ghaziabad and Delhi police."