Locals clash with police in South Delhi
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 21:05
New Delhi: Violence erupted in a south Delhi locality on Sunday evening after locals clashed with police alleging that the gate of a religious structure was closed by the authorities.

The incident was reported from Jorbagh area at around six pm and force was rushed to the spot after locals tried to open the gate behind the religious structure, which was closed.

Locals alleged that police used force and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Police denied the allegations.

The situation was brought under control soon, a senior police official said.

Protesters alleged that a local police official closed the gate and blocked entry into the religious structure after they opened it.

According to a religious leader who came from Kolkata to address the followers, this action by police agitated the locals and they tried to open the gate following which police used force. He alleged teargas landed among women who were sitting in the premises leading to a stampede-like situation.

Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), and Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), rushed to the spot and with the help of local elders brought the situation under control.

A large number of police personnel, including from BSF and CRPF, were deployed in the locality to maintain law and order.

The religious structure was located in a disputed land and a case is pending in Delhi High Court in this regard.


First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 21:05

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