From Brawl To Riot: Reports From Trilokpuri And Majnu Ka Tila
Your average drunken brawl or escalating communal tension? We bring you this report from Trilokpuri and Majnu Ka Tila.
Trilokpuri in east Delhi and Chandrawal near Majnu Ka Tila in north Delhi – located on different sides of the Yamuna – witnessed what is a ritual in most parts of the country during Diwali: drunken brawls.
在东德里的崔拉波里和邻近北德里的满努卡泰拉地区 – 座落在亚穆纳河的两侧，在全国大地上见证了在排灯节期间的一种仪式：酒醉斗殴。
In Chandrawal, a few inebriated young boys who belong to the Sansi community got annoyed with a bunch of kids from the Valmiki community who were bursting firecrackers and roughed them up. Within a few hours, it became, as newspapers reported the next day, a “clash between two communities”, with both groups, who live on opposites sides of the street, going on a stone-pelting drive. The Valmikis and Sansis are Scheduled Caste communities. Both sides bore the brunt, and better sense prevailed soon. On Monday, when we visited the area, it was business as usual and the calm, to use a cliché, was not tense.
在Chandrawal，在Sansi区的几个醉醺醺的年轻男孩给一群在Valmiki的孩子们激怒了，准备放鞭炮并暴打他们。几小时後，就成为隔天报纸报道的"两族之间的械斗"，双方都住在街上的对边，展开丢石头的战斗。Valmikis 和 Sansis 都是被划好的种姓社区。星期一，当我们拜访该区时，一如往常生意照常而平静，可谓老生常谈，没有紧张异常。
About 60 people have been arrested since the violence first broke out in Trilokpuri. The east-Delhi neighbourhood that was fashioned as a resettlement colony during the Emergency is divided into 38 blocks that are home to Hindus (mostly Dalits), Muslims and Sikhs. The rioting was largely restricted to Block 20, 26 and 15.
Companies of Rapid Action Force continue to patrol the streets to ensure calm, even as Delhi Police remains on high alert in the area. Block 20, where the Hindu community had erected a “Mata Ki Chowki” during Navratri, is barricaded and the road leading up to it bears witness to the stone-pelting that followed Diwali celebrations. Almost everyone you speak to in the neighbourhood agrees that it all started from the makeshift chowki, but no one is really sure how the fight escalated into a full-blown riot. Versions differ depending on who or which community you speak to.
Chowki and loudspeaker
The Mata Ki Chowki, sections of Hindu families we spoke to claimed, was erected during Navratri at what used to be a garbage disposal site. This was supposed to be a temporary structure, but seeing that it was helping keep the place clean, it was decided that the chowki would be turned into a permanent temple.
“On the night of Diwali, some people were drinking there and relieved themselves near the chowki. Naturally, this angered us and fights erupted after this,” said a man living a few metres away from the chowki. Another one joins in and said they were inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan to keep the area clean.
"在排灯节晚间，一些人在那里喝酒并在神龛附近游走纾解。当然，这惹毛了我们，在这之後就发生了打斗。" 一位距离神庙几米外的男子说。另一位人士加入讨论并说，他们受到印度的大清洁运动（Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan）所启发，要保持那区域的乾净。
However, as you move towards the two lanes that have a concentration of Muslim households in block 20, you hear a different version of events. A bunch of women gathered outside their homes complained that the media has not made an effort to visit them and hear their story.
According to them, the fight happened on Thursday when Muslims had gathered in the neighbourhood mosque, just 200 metres away from the chowki, to offer “isha ki namaaz”, or night prayer. “Since the music from the chowki was very loud, we had asked them to turn it down for about 20 minutes for us to finish our prayers. Instead, they turned up the volume. When a boy was sent from the mosque to request them to turn the music down, he was slapped around. And that is how the fight started,” said Yasmeen, whose husband works as a tailor in the neighbourhood.
Booze and brawls
Though there seem to be various versions of what happened around the chowki, many Muslims and Hindus believe that the whole issue started off as nothing but a scuffle between a group of young boys. Joint Commissioner of Police (Security), Sanjay Beniwal, agreed and told us later at the Mayur Vihar, Phase 1, Police Station, that the whole incident is being interpreted by various people in their own way. He also stated that vile gossip on social-networking platforms has only made the situation worse. The Delhi Police indeed can only go so far as to control wagging tongues in the area, not in the virtual space.
He stated that it would be wrong to give it a Hindu-Muslim angle since the fight initially broke out between a bunch of youngsters – both Hindus and Muslims – who were sitting and drinking together. In block 20, many Muslim and Hindus agree that alcohol and gambling is a big problem with the youth. In fact, the head priest of the community temple puts things in perspective: “There are many young men here who do nothing at all, with serious alcohol issues, and always ready to pick up a fight.” He maintains that this is a problem across both communities – something confirmed by Beniwal. “You name a crime and we have multiple repeat offenders from the area,” he says, adding that Trilokpuri has always been a problem area for Delhi Police. According to Beniwal, east Delhi, where Trilokpuri is located, has the second-highest crime rate in the city.
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"Police have secured mobile and CCTV footage showing some men from the minority community opening fire with pistols. They are joined by youths, wearing skull caps and helmets, who are throwing stones and bottles at people."
"The two key conspirators, who are alleged to have initiated the riots, have been identified as Zafar and Mobin. Both are criminals with cops having dossiers on them. Mobin is alleged to have indulged in heavy stone-pelting soon after the scuffle from the rooftop of his house. Apart from these four men, several others have been identified by the police and are being tracked down."
You guys missed that or was it deliberate?
Let me tell you what else cameras have captured...ex-bjp mla leading a mob indulging in such heavy stone pelting that even the police is having to back away.
You never fail to disappoint me ... why do u visit NL if you think it is not fair
I would like to see the CCTV footage.