The incident catapulted to extreme proportions when two men on a scooter were beaten up mercilessly for not wearing a helmet by two policemen on Sunday afternoon.
According to the police, both men on the two-wheeler were under the influence of alcohol. After a heated argument between the cops and riders, the men on the scooter started to flee. With an intention to stop them, one of the policemen hit the biker with a stick. This action led to man falling off a scooter and being hit by another vehicle coming from behind.
BM Mishra, Deputy Commissioner (East), has been quoted as saying, "The injured are in Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital, my Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) who is giving me information on the phone has informed that one boy has been hit on the shoulder and there is a dead body too. Five police constables have been injured, in the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) hospital, there is one person with bullet injuries and the other scooterist, because of whom the whole incident has been triggered, happens to have been beaten with lathis."
The locals, on the other hand, have a different story to tell, with one eyewitness claiming that the man was hit by the policeman for ignoring a traffic signal. The injured motorist is believed to be in a critical condition. The angry mob went berserk setting fire a police station, a police post, several vehicles, a DTC bus and a CNG station. Fire engines rushed to the spot and are still trying to douse the fire at the petrol pump.
Six people have been arrested in the case. As per police statements, the situation spiralled out of control after 10:30 pm. As many as 20 companies comprising 1,600 men of the Delhi Armed Police have been deployed to bring the situation to normalcy.