Days after a 52-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by a family in neighbourhood in Moti Nagar, tension prevailed in the area as residents of held a mahapanchayat on Thursday.
Members of Tyagi community, to which the victim belonged, also organised a prayer meeting for him on Thursday. A protest, conducted by the community, was peaceful and joined by right-wing groups.
However, traffic in the area was affected due to the protest. The community called for the mahapanchayat to mourn the death of the man, who was killed when he objected to lewd remarks directed at his daughter on Sunday morning.
The victim’s 19-year-old son was injured in the incident.
A 45-year-old man, his wife, daughter and 20-year-old son have been arrested in connection with the killing. The police apprehended his two juvenile sons too.
Demanding death sentence for the accused, the protesters also sought compensation for the victim’s family. They demanded government jobs for the daughters of the family.
“We have decided that no Muslim migrants should be given any house or shop on rent. We do not have any issue with the local minorities here. We live peacefully with them but those from outside Delhi create trouble here,” said Amreesh Tyagi, general secretary of an organistion of Tyagi community.
The victim’s family, however, distanced itself from the remarks against the minority community.
“The man who tried to save my uncle and rushed him and my cousins to the hospital is also a Muslim. We do not have anything against any the community. We do not support anyone who is trying to give a communal angle to this incident,” said a nephew of the deceased.
A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party MPs also met Delhi Police Commissioner and condemned the attempts to “communalise the crime”.
More cops deployed
Over 50 Delhi police personnel were deployed and senior officials, including Joint Commissioner of Police (West) Madhup Tiwari and DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj, were also present at the protest, a senior officer said.
He added that the patrolling has been intensified and women constables have also been deployed in the area.
The police said they have started door-to-door police verification of the tenants staying in and around the neighbourhood.