A new video, which has surfaced about a week after the communal violence in northeast Delhi, purportedly shows a face-off between a large stone-pelting mob and a small group of police personnel in the national capital’s Chand Bagh area on February 24.
This was the same incident during which Delhi Police’s head constable Ratal Lal was killed and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) was injured, reported NDTV.
The video showed hundreds of people carrying sticks and stones surrounding the police personnel on the Wazirabad Road in northeast Delhi.
ACP Anuj Kumar, who sustained a head during the clash, told NDTV that DCP Amit Sharma, along with some officers and two companies were sent to Chand Bagh to clear the crowd that had gathered on the Wazirabad Road. “The crowd soon started swelling and they started throwing stone,” he said.
Under attack, the police personnel initially scattered to save their lives and later regrouped around the divider, where they were cornered. ACP Kumar said the protesters had become very violent by then and that DCP Sharma was bleeding.
The police personnel were forced to retreat due to the mob attack. According to the report, another video showed DCP Sharma being escorted away by his colleagues.
“Ratan was also with me but we were separated. By that time others had taken him to a nearby clinic. DCP sir was also there. We commandeered a private car and rushed to hospital but they couldn’t save him (Ratan Lal),” ACP Kumar was quoted as saying.
According to news agency ANI, at least 53 people have died in the violence in northeast Delhi so far. Forty four deaths were reported at GTB hospital, five at RML hospital, three at LNJP hospital and one at Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital, according to the report.
However, officials maintain 44 people have died in the riots and it is to be confirmed whether the eight bodies at RML hospital and LNJP hospital are related to violence.