27 people held after their scuffle caused traffic jam in nothwest Delhi

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 28-07-2022 12:00 IST | Created: 28-07-2022 11:56 IST
27 people held after their scuffle caused traffic jam in nothwest Delhi
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Twenty-seven people were apprehended after a scuffle between some drug addicts and slum dwellers resulted in a heavy traffic jam in northwest Delhi's Ashok Vihar area, police said on Thursday.

It all started on Wednesday night with the scuffle between Santosh (23), a resident of AO Block of Shalimar Bagh, and two-three drug addict boys near the Prem Badi bus stand in the area later he also called the residents from slums who came on the road and started blocking traffic, police said.

Eight police personnel along with Santosh were also injured in the incident, they said, adding police vehicles were also damaged by the crowd of nearly 180 people.

The incident took place when Sub Inspector (SI) Prem Prakash was patrolling with his staff near Prem Bari Pul, police said.

According to the police, at around 10.30 pm, SI Prakash saw that residents of AO block in Shalimar Block had gahadred on the opposite side near Prem Bari bus stand. Meanwhile, a PCR call was also received at Shalimar Bagh police station regarding traffic jams by the residents.

SI Prakash along with staff immediately rushed towards the spot of gathering. District reserves and police force from nearby police stations were also mobilized, a senior police official said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Usha Rangnani said, ''During the local inquiry, it came to our notice that a person named Santosh has some quarrel with two-three drug addict boys who were standing near Prem Badi bus stand. He called the residents from Jhuggi who came on the road and started blocking traffic. ''They were getting agitated and were also raising slogans aggressively. The police tried to pacify around 150-180 people who had gathered but they started to disrupt the flow of traffic and sat down on the road. When police tried to remove them from the road to allow movement of traffic, some of the miscreants resorted to pelting stones and bottles on passers-by and police personnel,'' she said.

They also tried to set a traffic motorcycle on fire but the fire was immediately doused by the police. They also broke the glasses of three-four police vehicles, she added.

''The situation was brought under control by resorting to using of mild force and lathi charge. During the incident, Santosh and eight police personnel got injured. All the injured persons were discharged from the hospital after treatment,'' Rangnani said.

Santosh, who quarreled with the drug addicts was instrumental in bringing the crowd on the road. He had smashed his left hand on the glass window of one of the police vehicles. He has also been discharged from the hospital, the senior officer said.

A case has been registered under sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 147 (rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit­ted in the prosecution of common object), 307 (murder attempt), 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Damage to Public Property Act in connection with the incident, according to police.

''We have registered the case and apprehended 27 accused persons in connection with the incident. Further investigation is underway,'' the DCP said.

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