Trilokpuri tense, police chief warns rumour mongers

RSTV Bureau

Prohibitory orders will remain clamped for next few days in communal violence-hit Trilokpuri area, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said on Monday and warned of strict action against those spreading rumours.

Tension prevailed in the East Delhi area even as a large contingent of police personnel along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was keeping a tight vigil in all the 36 blocks after clashes on Diwali night.

As the residents have been facing shortage of essential items, police are now making arrangements for eatables like milk.

“Situation is under control in Trilokpuri. We are keeping a strict watch on those who are trying to spread rumours and making false PCR calls for riots. Section 144 will be imposed for next few days and we are focusing on the situation and security arrangements will also be there for next few days,” he said.

The Delhi Police chief also appealed to the people to not to pay attention to rumours and warned against spreading misinformation.

“I also warn those people who are spreading rumors and were involved in riots that we have identified them and as things will normalise in Trilokpuri, we will take strict action against them,” he said.

Police had yesterday arrested 14 persons for spreading rumours and fanning tension in the locality following a clash between two groups on Diwali night.

Those arrested on Sunday were booked under IPC section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), section 182 (false information) among others.

The 14 people have not just been spreading rumours and misinformation through social media but had also made hoax calls to police about violence and stone pelting, police said.

Asked about Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations about role of a former BJP MLA in the case, Bassi said, “I don’t want to comment over what political parties are saying and allegations of rumours being spread by a former MLA of a political party of the area.

“But if anyone will be found involved in spreading rumours than strict action will be taken against him.”

An eerie calm prevailed in the area as locals, one or two at a time, stepped out of their homes to buy eatables and other necessary daily essentials.

Over 30 PCR vans, water cannons and riots control vehicles have been stationed in the area.