Normalcy returning to violence-hit Trilokpuri

Eight days after an alleged fight between inebriated youngsters escalated into clashes, Trilokpuri largely offers a sight of reassurance with signs of normalcy, barring fleeting moments of disquiet and suspicion.

PTI| Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 18:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Eight days after an alleged fight between inebriated youngsters escalated into clashes, Trilokpuri largely offers a sight of reassurance with signs of normalcy, barring fleeting moments of disquiet and suspicion.

During the day as prohibitory orders are relaxed in the East Delhi locality, a steady stream of buyers throng the mobile stalls set up by Delhi government selling essential items including vegetables and dairy products. Local grocery, garment and pharmacy shops are also gradually opening shutters.

In front of one such mobile stall, Meena, a resident of Block 20 asks, "Aloo aur tomato kitne ke de rahe ho bhai? (How much are the potatoes and tomatoes for?)" and a group of women adds voice, almost in unison.

The vendor says that the demand is quite high pointing towards a van which was emptied during the day. "We are selling tomatoes for Rs 16/Kg and potatoes for Rs 27/Kg and around 10 vehicles have been deputed to different blocks throughout the locality."

At the pharmacy of Pradip Kumar Roy, known as 'Bangali doctor' among the locals, people wait patiently as he attends to a patient.

"Although I was not present during the violence I can assure you that the locality will soon be back to complete normalcy. I know the residents quite well and as you can see amity has already returned," says Roy.

But with curfew-like restrictions reinstated as evening descends, roads become largely deserted and a deathly silence looms over the neighbourhood. Every few moments, patrol cars of the Delhi Police zip past flashing their customary red and blue lights, almost blinding in the darkness.

Around that time, a string of devotees, largely composed of women, gather in front of a place of worship and offer prayers to the deity with few policemen loitering around.