Tilak Vihar: Sikhs, Valmikis hold peace march

Two days after 25 people were injured in a communal clash in West Delhi's Tilak Vihar, the Delhi Police organised a peace march involving members from both communities Sikh and Valmiki in order to maintain law and order in the area.

On Saturday, a curfew-like situation prevailed but according to police, 11 members from both communities decided to carry out a peace march on the request of the Delhi Police, starting from the Tilak Vihar police chowki to blocks A, B and C.

Additional Commissioner of Police (West) V Renganathan said: "The members agreed to participate in the peace march. This is a positive step. The law and order situation is completely under control."

Starting at 8 pm, the march went on for half an hour in the area and according to police, the response was good.

"There was no sloganeering and people in the area stayed calm," a senior police officer said.

Meanwhile, according to doctors at DDU hospital, a patient, who was operated for gunshot wounds in his abdomen on Thursday, is still in the ICU."

"He is recovering well, but we have kept him under observation because of the nature of injuries. He is conscious and oriented, we will shift him to the general ward in a day or two, if his condition remains stable," a doctor at the hospital said.

On Thursday, violence broke out in Tilak Vihar area when members of one community performed stunts on their motorcycles and in turn ended up running one of their motorcycles over the foot of an elderly man.

The incident triggered a violent clash involving stone-pelting by both communities, following which police claimed they had to resort to the use of teargas shells and lathicharge. Police claimed that they fired in the air and that five men who suffered gunshot wounds may have been hit by shots fired by the public.

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