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Hindu-Muslim clashes erupt in Delhi’s Trilokpuri area; Initial reports point toward former BJP MLA

October 26, 2014 | By

Amritsar, Punjab: Clashes between Hindus and Muslims are reported from India’s capital Delhi. The communal clashes reportedly began in Trilokpuri area on Friday (Oct. 24) evening and were on till 24 hours later, leaving at least 13 people injured, including eight with bullet injuries.

On Saturday at least five persons sustained bullet injuries in a heavy exchange of gun fire between the two communities. Though prohibitory orders were imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC on Saturday night, security forces struggled to gain control, with clashes spreading to at least five blocks in the area. At least three of those injured are critical.

As the violence continued for third consecutive day a curfew was imposed and shoot at sight order was enforced.

Tirlokpuri violence 2014

Tirlokpuri violence 2014

According to a police officer, a mata ki chowkior jagran (special worship offered during Navratri) was organised in front of a mosque at the Block 15-20- 27 junction of Trilokpuri on Diwali night which was objected to by local Muslims. Heated arguments between them resulted in stone pelting and burning of a shop.

Soon, the police intervened and controlled the situation, he said.

“Tension mounted once again on Friday night after former BJP MLA Sunil Kumar Vaidya reached the spot with his supporters and announced to build a temple there. I have not personally heard it from him but have got several complaints. This aggravated the tension in the area with members of both communities started pelting stones on each other and opening gun fire. Fifteen people, including 13 policemen and two locals, have been injured,” the officer, who did not want to be named, reportedly told Firstpost.

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