Protesters go berserk over killing

Take to streets with body; damage buses, many hurt

Several people were injured and around nine buses were damaged on Wednesday when more than 100 protesters came out on streets, with the body of a 27-year-old man, got violent in south-east Delhi’s Badarpur.

The protesters claimed that they were not satisfied with the police investigation into the murder of Manak Singh who was stabbed to death in Badarpur area on Monday night.

According to police, the incident took place around 9 am at Badarpur Chowk when several people and the family members of the deceased were protesting on the Badarpur-Mathura Road.
Eyewitness claimed that more than 100 people were protesting with the body.

Protesters kept the body in front of a DTC bus on the road and within few seconds some people came with sticks and started attacking the bus, said an eyewitness.

There were around nine clusters and DTC buses present at the spot when the incident happened.
“The buses were full of passengers and were going to their destination when some men armed with sticks started breaking the windows of the buses,” said Laxman Singh, a DTC bus conductor.

The situation got worse when protesters started pelting stones due to which many people including passengers were injured.

“Passengers and I left the bus and ran out to save ourselves,” said a bus driver.
The main sufferers of the protest were the street vendors as their goods were thrown and damaged during the protest.

“When the protesters did not get stones they took my water glasses to throw on the buses,” said Suraj Yadav, a street vendor.

The stone pelting continued for half an hour after which additional police personnel arrived and resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the protesters.

“Police personnel were there when the protest started but they were in less numbers. After half an hour additional police personnel arrived after which the protesters were dispersed and the situation was brought under control,” said an eyewitness, adding that it led to a traffic snarl for about two hours.

According to police, some men involved in the incident were detained.

Gaurav, 28, a DTC bus conductor was injured in the attack. He claimed that some people attacked him with sticks and hit his leg.

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