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Delhi Hanuman Jayanti Violence: Action on rioters must set precedent, Amit Shah tells police

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New Delhi, Apr 18: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken with officers of the Delhi Police about Delhi's Hanuman Jayanti violence and asked them to take strict action against culprits, set an example so that such incidents are not repeated.

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The home minister directed the Delhi Police to take strict action against those involved in the Jahangirpuri violence, sources said. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on Monday said 23 people belonging to two different communities have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.

The investigation into the clashes has been handed over to the Crime Branch and 14 teams have been formed to take it forward. Four forensics teams also visited the spot to gather evidence. The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police's Special Cell has been given the responsibility to identify those involved in the case by doing a thorough and detailed analysis of digital evidence, and accordingly legal action will be taken against them, Asthana said.

Clashes broke out between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in northwest Delhi's Jahangirpuri area on Saturday, leaving several police personnel injured.

Police said there was stone-pelting and some vehicles were also torched in the violence that occurred at around 6 PM. In a purported video of the incident, several people could be seen pelting stones during the procession.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that strict action will be taken against rioters and requested citizens not to pay heed to rumours and fake news on social media.

The home ministry is keeping a close watch on the situation and gave necessary directions to the Delhi Police, the sources said.

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