Delhi: Residents of Harijan Basti attacked by mob
(Sourced from PTI)
Some residents of Delhi's Harijan Basti were allegedly attacked by a mob after a 22-year-old man of the locality married a woman from another community, police said on Sunday. "On Saturday night, 15-20 men entered the locality and, according to CCTV footage shared on social media, they broke flower pots, threw stones on houses, damaged vehicles, and tried to break into houses," police said.
Police personnel have been deployed in the southeast Delhi locality to thwart any untoward incident. "Three to four residents suffered minor injuries after they were allegedly attacked," police said. Police said that the woman's family members were against her relationship with the man, and angry about her getting married to him.
"Following the incident, four men, including the woman's brother, have been arrested," they said, adding that on Saturday night, the man, his wife, and family members were not present at Harijan Basti. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said, "Senior officers visited the spot and found that the woman had married against her parent's wishes. Her family members were involved in the incident."
Though police personnel have been deployed at the locality, residents alleged that they still felt unsafe as members of the mob were still at large. Talking about the incident, police said, "The couple got married on March 16 and a missing person report was filed by the woman's family at the Sunlight Colony Police Station on Saturday."
"The man and the woman were called to the police station. The woman had given her consent to the wedding and after verification of documents and details, they were allowed to leave," a police officer said.
"We also interacted with families of both the parties. But the woman's brother was upset with the wedding. On Saturday night, he along with others went to the man's locality and created a ruckus. But neither the man's family nor he and his wife were there," he said. The man's mother told reporters that the woman's family members had threatened them of dire consequences.
She said that her daughter-in-law was happy with the marriage. Meanwhile, Satbir, a local resident, told reporters that he was inside his house when around 10:45 pm on Saturday, several men entered the area. "They damaged vehicles and tried to break down doors. They carried lathis and attacked a few people from our locality. We are scared and need police protection," he said.
Another resident said she was standing outside her house when the mob tried to attack her children. She alleged that her daughter was with her and the men tried to grab her.