2 shops set ablaze in Trilokpuri

Two shops were burnt and two others vandalized in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday in Trilokpuri after the entire Sunday witnessed no acts of violence. Following these fresh incidents, some changes on the ground have been made in the prohibitory orders that are in place.

While entry from most points in Trilokpuri had not been prohibited during the first four days since the violence began, the police on Monday placed vehicles and barricades at several spots on the periphery of the area to restrict movement. 

The positive change has been the supply of basic essentials such as milk and water by Mother Dairy and Delhi Jal Board tankers respectively on Monday. Basic essentials such as vegetable and bread were made available to public through reputed kiosks in the area. Their operations, limited to an hour or so in the day, were monitored by policemen who continued to be deployed in large numbers like the past three days.

Supply of cooking gas has been restored though those purchasing gas in black continue to wait. 

Similar was the case with 20 litre cans of water. “These are meant only for those who receive a regular supply,” a man carrying some cans on a cart told some persons in block 27.

Sunday and early Monday had seen essential commodities such as vegetable and milk being sold at much higher price. Half litre of milk with Rs 20 as its MRP was being sold for Rs 100 on Sunday. 

On Monday morning, this price was brought down to Rs 40-50. They continued to sell for Rs 25-30 even after the arrival of milk tankers.

Residents have been using every excuse and opportunity to smuggle in products from outside and sell them in black here. Prakash who was selling milk, bread, rusk, biscuits, cigarettes, pan masala and such items on a table right outside his house said he brought the milk from Noida on a motorcycle. “My children helped smuggle in the milk,” he said.

It also being the end of the month, residents have fallen short of daily household items and they have begun feeling the effect of the curfew. “My four goats have not been getting their feed. They have refused to eat anything else,” Nafisa told Deccan Herald. 

Earlier, some of her neighbours were worried about their starving chickens which were kept outside shops. “All of them have disappeared from the cages overnight,” said Salma.

Meanwhile, two shops set ablaze at about 1 am on Monday belonged to one Bundu Ahmed. He had moved to another home once riots began. His tenants Kallu and Riyasat too had shifted on Friday itself.  “Policemen knocked on our doors and woke us up to save our lives,” claimed Vimla, a resident.

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