Biker thugs run amok in city heart
You have heard this before; it seems to happen a couple of times every year. A group of rouge bikers zip around Connaught Place after midnight and make a nuisance of themselves. By the time the police arrive, they manage to flee.
The same pattern played out in the early hours of Monday — with one difference. Forty-five bikers were arrested this time. The police say there were between 150 and 200 men on motorcycles but the others escaped.
The gang of motorcyclists had earlier harassed people at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara. The police said the bikers beat up a cameraman of a news channel near the gurdwara, and snatched his camera and mobile phone. “When some people tried to come to his rescue, they too were assaulted,” said a police officer.
After this the bikers ate at a dhaba near Shivaji Stadium at Connaught Place. There they refused to pay the owner, fought and left. The police caught up with them when they were speeding around Connaught Place. There was a scuffle and the motorcyclists threw stones at the police. Eight policemen were injured. Five police cars were damaged.
The police officer said, “When our team reached the spot they fled in different directions, trying to escape. We managed to arrest 45 people but the others fled.” The arrests were made under sections of robbery and rioting. The arrested bikers were sent in judicial remand till August 5.
The police said there had been similar complaints in the past about a gang of bikers harassing commuters late at night, usually on weekends. They said most of these bikers come from west Delhi. The police officer said, “They tease women and speed around Connaught Place and come in the way of other motorists.”
Police are looking for the other accused.