The Delhi Police has arrested one more accused in connection with the Jahangirpuri violence which broke out between two groups during a religious procession on Saturday evening, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) North-West, Usha Rangnani said.
The accused, identified as Salim, a resident of Jahangirpuri, has been previously involved in a robbery and an attempt to murder case at Jahangirpuri police station.
So far, 21 accused persons have been arrested, while 2 juveniles have been apprehended, the DCP said.
Earlier, Rangnani said three firearms and five swords were recovered from the possession of the accused persons.
“An FIR has been registered under sections 147, 148, 149, 186, 353, 332, 323, 427, 436, 307, 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 27 Arms Act dated April 16, following 20 accused persons have been arrested and 2 Juveniles in conflict with the law have been apprehended,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Crime Branch and the district police are jointly probing the incident, said Ravindra Yadav, Special Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.
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An altercation had broken out between two communities in the Jahangirpuri area of the national capital on Saturday evening during a religious procession, in which nine people, including eight police personnel and one civilian, were injured.
Of the 20 accused persons in the case, 14 were produced before the Rohini court on Sunday, which sent two prime accused – Ansar and Aslam – to police custody for one day. The remaining 12 were sent to judicial custody for 14 days, said advocate Vikas Verma.
In the Rohini court, the Delhi Police alleged that Ansar and Aslam- got to know about the ‘Shobha Yatra’ on April 15 and then they built up this conspiracy. The police also said, “We have to go through the CCTV footage and identify others involved in this case.”
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In order to ensure peace and harmony in the national capital, the police held a meeting with members of Aman (peace) committees in north-west Delhi. The meeting was organised by the DCP North-West at Kushal Chowk in the Jahangirpuri area.
Another such meeting was also held in Chandini Chowk. Corner meetings were also held in communally sensitive areas.
Heavy security has been deployed in the violence-hit area to prevent any untoward incident.
According to the police, flag marches were taken out to eliminate anti-social elements in the area, while WhatsApp groups have been formed to eliminate any kind of rumour-mongering. Reserve staff of police arranged to cater to any contingency.
(With inputs from agencies)