Hint of normalcy returns to Delhi's Trilokpuri
Trilokpuri limped towards normalcy on Wednesday as Delhi Police lifted the prohibitory orders in the area for six hours.
The police force, though, continued with their tight vigil in the area with camera-fitted drones hovering overhead to keep an eye on residents.
On Wednesday, shops in the area opened for business as usual with Delhi Police and the state government continuing with their special provisions for food and basic necessities.
Sources in the police suggested that the prohibitory orders enforced in the area might soon be done away with completely, though the deployment of forces was likely to continue.
“No violence was reported in the area on Wednesday (the fifth consecutive day). We will further relax the prohibitory conditions on Thursday, although the pickets and deployment of the force will remain steady,” said Special CP (law and order) Deepak Mishra.
Sources claimed Delhi Police had decided to go ‘slow’ for now with their investigations owing to Muharram (that will be observed on November 5). The probe is likely to pick up pace after that.
Despite the semblances of peace returning to the area, unsure locals stocked food items and other essentials from makeshift stalls set up by the government.
“This is the first time in days that peace has returned to the area. We do not know what happens tomorrow. The government has set up shops for us so we are sure that the products are adulteration-free,” said Vimla Devi, resident of Block 20.
The drones deployed by Delhi Police have helped officers confiscate 70 bags of bricks seized from eight blocks. The police recovered more than three bags of glass bottles of various sizes and more than 30 knives and five swords.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi, on being prodded about the possible trigger for the riots, said they would look into all possible angles during their probe.
A three-member team of the minority commission also visited Block 15 at Trilokpuri and the local police station on Wednesday and took a stock of the situation.
“I have requested to police to take strict action against the miscreants. I have also given them some names based on my interaction with local residents,” said Captain Praveen Davar, a member of the committee.
The commission also asked the people affected by the violence not to believe rumours.
“Everyone wants peace in the area,” Davar said.