Bangladeshi immigrants take on police at Taimoor Nagar
High drama was witnessed in the Taimoor Nagar area of New Friends Colony when illegal Bangladeshi immigrants attacked a police party with stones. Vijaita Singh reports.Updated: Aug 08, 2008 23:55 IST
High drama was witnessed in the Taimoor Nagar area of New Friends Colony on early Friday when illegal Bangladeshi immigrants attacked a police party with stones. A mob of around 150 people attacked the police.
The incident seemed like a re-run of the Jamia Nagar incident last September when 21 policemen were attacked by a mob after
a minor altercation between a policeman and a bookseller spiralled out of control.
The police skirted for cover and extra force had to be called to save the situation.
The incident was reported around 2.30 am on Thursday when policemen belonging to the Bangladeshi Cell of south district police had gone to arrest illegal migrants staying in the city.
“The policemen were caught off guard when they were attacked. Though a team of 15 policemen had gone to arrest them, they were outnumbered,” said a senior police officer.
Two policemen were seriously injured in the incident.
Two platoons of reserve force comprising 21 policemen each were rushed to the spot as part of the rescue operation, police said. Sources said the policemen were holed up and the Bangladeshis were attacking them incessantly with big stones.
“Even though we announced that stringent action would be taken against them, they did not stop. We fell short of opening fire on them. The main aim was to save ourselves from the stones that were being rained on us from the other side,” said the officer.
Police said there was a clash between two groups of Bangladeshis on Thursday and the police had gone to conduct a raid for the same.
“The area where we were attacked is cramped and there are many narrow lanes. They had an edge on us as they live there and are aware with the topography,” said the officer. Every district in Delhi has a dedicated Bangladeshi Cell that is entrusted with the task of deporting Bangladeshis staying illegally in the country.
Many of them are involved in heinous criminal cases and several of them have been involved in murders of senior citizens as well.
“While the men work as scrap dealers and roam around the city, the women work as domestic helps in houses,” said the officer.