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Mob frenzy takes political hue

Bhajanpura in Northeast Delhi transformed into a battleground when a mob attacked the local police station and vandalised large number of police vehicles on Thursday morning.

delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2009 00:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Bhajanpura in Northeast Delhi transformed into a battleground when a mob attacked the local police station and vandalised large number of police vehicles on Thursday morning. The BSP candidate from northeast Delhi Lok Sabha seat was arrested for inciting the mob.

At least nine police personnel and five civilians, including a woman who suffered a gunshot wound, were injured during a protest by an angry mob over an investigation in a murder case. The mob vandalised five vehicles, including the official car of the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, two police gypsies, one police tempo and a motorcycle. The Station House Officer’s office was also vandalised by the mob. The police had to resort to tear gas shelling and lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Witnesses claim the police also fired a few rounds in the air; however such reports were denied.

The police have arrested Haji Dilshad Ali, BSP candidate from northeast seat, for inciting the mob.

According to police, the mob turned violent after family members of Mohammed Arif, a restaurant owner, who was beaten to death on April 12 by some locals, gathered at the Bhajanpura police station, demanding arrest of two more people in the case. Arif, who was in a relationship with a girl in the colony, was allegedly beaten to death by her family members.

The mob had gone to meet the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) MR Gothwal, as they wanted more people arrested in the case. “Gagan and Rohtash, the girl’s relatives, allegedly on orders of the girl’s father, called Arif to their house. Though the police arrested two people, including Gagan, a violent protest was staged demanding the arrest of girl’s father and Rohtash, who is absconding since the incident,” said a senior police officer.

The incident took a political turn when Haji Dilshad Ali joined the protest. “We were protesting peacefully, but one of the senior police officers threw a glass on the public injuring him after which the mob got angry,” he said. The police have arrested him and booked him for various charges including rioting and attempt to murder.

Arif’s father, Tauqueer Ahmed was also present at the protest.