Smoke billows from Gokalpuri neighbourhood during clashes between those against and supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in East Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.Even as the Delhi Police is receiving criticism for the handling of the situation in the violence-hit northeast Delhi, 80 families living in Gokulpuri area have a lot to thank the police.
On the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, the houses of these families living in Ganga Nagar locality were attacked from anti-social elements. But somehow, people were saved by the police.Later, the police shifted all 80 families and took them to the Dayalpur police station.
One member of the rescued families said: “All of us have been living in Ganga Nagar for the last 35 years. Never had any problem. But as violence broke out in Maujpur and Babarpur areas,rumours began to do the rounds. As a result, some people attacked our homes. We called up the police for help.If the police wouldn’t have arrived on time, we would not have survived today.”
One person had arrived from Ghaziabad to take along his brother’s family. He said: “My brother told me that the situation was not normal on Tuesday morning, but the situation was such that they could not leave their homes.” He also thanked the Delhi Police for saving his kin.A police officer stated that most of the rescued families had left for their relatives’ places on Tuesday evening. Board and lodging arrangements were made for those who wished to stay back. Now, the situation is getting normal slowly, said the officer.