A school that divides C and G blocks of Jahangirpuri now stands like a wall between two communities, members of which clashed on Sunday night following a ruckus over a procession. The situation was largely peaceful on Monday though. Both the communities now agree that it was instigated by rogue elements. Locals claim years of mistrust had contributed to Sunday night's tension. Police have arrested four people for rioting and outraging the modesty of a woman. Seikh Ibrahim, a resident, said that Sunday's clash was no different from the frequent arguments that youths from C and G blocks got into during cricket matches. According to sources, a group of residents from G Block took out a candlelight march in honour of the Army jawans killed in the Uri terror attack.
Around 10pm on Sunday, a few people apparently made some objectionable remarks when the procession was passing through C block.
An argument broke out, which eventually resulted in a clash between two groups of people and stone-pelting. The sources said some drunk youths had initially created a ruckus leading to an argument and counter-argument.
The father of one of the arrested youths claimed that his son had hurled abuses after he was provoked by a few juveniles participating in the procession.
The man said his son and his nephew chased the juveniles but were caught by a group of youths and beaten up.
When their neighbours tried to rescue them, a scuffle ensued. During this, a few women members from the NGO that organised the procession, were injured too.
Police were called to defuse the tension. The cops had to resort to a lathicharge to disperse the mob.
Old-timers recall that earlier, the situation was much different with residents, mostly rag-pickers and drivers, had lived in complete peace.
They allege that of late, some organisations have visited Jahangirpuri and started instigating people.
In the past, the residents had managed to resolve such situations themselves.
For instance, a few months ago, a youth from C block was thrashed for allegedly stealing some valuable, but elders from both the communities intervened and settled the issue, said Mohan, a resident.