Police recovered daggers, swords, butcher knives, sticks, several combat weapons and at least seventy sacks of stones from several houses and arrested five persons today in continued combing operation. The aerial surveillance, which was carried out in the worst-hit eight blocks of the area, helped police keep a tab on any suspected movement and recovery of the sacks containing the stones from roof-tops.
"On the basis of the footage provided by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) we searched several houses and large number of materials which could have been used as missiles were recovered by us," said a police official.
Five persons, from whom full-length swords were recovered by the police, were arrested. All of the have criminal cases against them. Those arrested have been identified as Gaurav (29), Rakesh (35), Balraj Kumar (53), Tilak Raj (42) and Mukesh (40).
The East Delhi locality appeared to be slowly limping back to normalcy today and police relaxed prohibitory orders for three hours, as against just an hour yesterday. Senior officials indicated that they may provide a further relaxation tomorrow for 'Chhath Puja' but prohibitory orders and heavy deployment is going to stay for some days in the wake festivals including Muharram next month.
"We had relaxed prohibitory orders between 2 to 5 PM today as there has been no case of fresh violence in the area. "The response has been good and we are considering to further increase the time period tomorrow to six hours - from 11 AM to 5 PM," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Sanjay Beniwal.