Tight vigil in East Delhi area after RSS men clash with minority group
A clash between RSS volunteers and boys from a minority community had taken place on June 28 over the use of the park in <g data-gr-id="33">colony</g>, sparking tension in the area.
While a section of residents claimed that RSS volunteers were trying to take over the park for their 'shakha' (meeting of local members), the RSS alleged that they have been using the park for years and some people were trying to create a problem by stopping them access to the ground.
Some women approached the police on Sunday, expressing concern over safety in the area. "We are maintaining vigil in the area and are carrying out regular patrolling. Policemen have been deployed in plain clothes. No report of any tension has been reported so far," said a senior police officer.
A group of youths from the minority community were playing badminton in the <g data-gr-id="38">park,</g> when some RSS volunteers had gone there to hold the shakha on June 28. Later, an RSS volunteer lodged an FIR at the Khajuri Khas police station, alleging a clash when the youths refused to vacate the park for the RSS shakha.
Joint Commissioner of Police, Eastern Range, said the incident was nothing but a dispute over the sharing of a public space in the congested colony.
Residents, including minority community members, however, claimed that the park was used by everyone and even Namaz was offered there on Eid. Hindus also organised their programmes there.
"But for some time, RSS volunteers were trying to take over the park. They hold 'shakha' there and a platform was constructed there for Ram Lila," said a local.
RSS spokesman Rajiv Tuli said, "the ground was being used for many years for holding Shakha and Ramlila".