Cops search houses in Trilokpuri

People in Muslim areas claim unknown men inspected their homes

Delhi Police carried out a door-to-door search in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri to trace suspects responsible for the communal violence and see if any of the houses stored bricks, stones and acid bottles.

It comes after the Union Home Ministry gave a free hand to police to detain and arrest any person spreading rumours and hate messages to stoke further violence in the area.  
About 50 men have been arrested so far and named in three FIRs registered with Mayur Vihar police station. However, people in Muslim dominated blocks of Trilokpuri alleged that their houses were searched by unknown men on Tuesday.

It is alleged that the men misbehaved with women in the houses.“We fear that such incidents would lead to fresh violence in the area,” said Alam, a resident of Trilokpuri Block-15. Police, however, claimed to be unaware of the incident.

On Tuesday, the ‘curfew’ was also relaxed in the area for three hours, from 2 pm to 5 pm, and senior police officers arranged to get gas cylinders from the area’s four agencies routed to households through Mayur Vihar police station.

Meanwhile, a ‘factual report’ on the communal situation has been submitted by Delhi Police to the Union Home Ministry. “We are now preparing a comprehensive report which will be submitted soon,” a police officer said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already asked Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi to explain what the force was doing to contain the situation.

‘Mediate between groups’
Police have also been asked to mediate between groups and contain any kind of rumour-mongering in the area.

Sources said that in the factual report, police did not mention the cause of the incident. Peeved at the incomplete report, the Ministry has now asked them to submit a comprehensive report.

After the report is analysed, it will be decided whether any disciplinary action should be taken against the policemen for any kind of dereliction of duty.

The Ministry had issued a circular last week cautioning states that communal incidents could flare up over issues like use of loudspeakers, bursting of crackers and even forcible collection of donations.

A large number of policemen are still deployed in Trilokpuri and several companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been stationed. Curfew will be lifted only after the tension ends, officers said.

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra has been in Trilokpuri since Thursday night. He is operating out of Mayur Vihar police station, which has been converted into the area control room.

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