Situation in Okhla under control, addl RAF companies deployed

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New Delhi, Sep 23 (UNI) Situation in the Jamia Nagar area in South Delhi, where a huge mob took to the streets last evening over alleged desecration of a religious book, was under control with additional Rapid Action Force personnel deployed in the area to assist the local police today, police sources said.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said additional companies of the RAF were deployed today in the Butla House area in Jamia Nagar as a precautionary measure after yesterday's violence in which 21 policemen were injured.

Fourteen people--seven from Sarita Vihar and as many from New Friends colony--had been arrested in connection with the violence.

FIRs had been lodged against the arrested persons in the Sarita Vihar and New Friends colony police stations for rioting, arson, attempt to murder and attempt to destroy public property, police said.

They said the situation in the area was under control. Peace marches were held by the locals in the area led by Aman Committee, a social organisation, in a bid to establish peace.

Six policemen, including a lady inspector, had been injured in the incident. Additional SHO of the New Friends colony police station Akhilesh Yadav, SHO of the New Friends colony police station Rajesh Sharma, SHO of Lodhi Colony police post B S Rana and SHO of Sarita Vihar police post Narender Chawla, Inspector Surinderjeet Kaur and constable Shambhudayal were still in serious conditions.

Mr Yadav and Shambhudayal were in ICU in Apollo hospital while Mr Sharma and Mr Rana sustained fractures, police said.

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