Amit Shah reprimands Delhi Police Commissioner

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today has reportedly reprimanded Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik over the clash between two communities in Hauz Qazi area of the capital.

Patnaik was summoned by the Home Minister in Parliament today over the incident which was triggered by an argument over parking and led to violence and vandalisation of a temple in the area of Chandi Chowk on June 30.

However, Patnaik, described the meeting as ‘a general briefing’ on the Chandni Chowk situation. “Action had been taken against the identified people,” he said, claiming the police had acted promptly and had brought the situation under control, Delhi police chief said four people have been arrested and action will be taken against others as well.

“The CCTV footage is about a particular group of criminals. They will be identified and arrested soon.” Patnaik said, referring to the CCTV footage of some men throwing bricks and stones at the temple.

More than 1,000 Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel armed with anti-riot gear were deployed after the flare-up in the Walled City on June 30. Police barricades were put on the main road at Lal Kuan, a popular market of hardware goods in central Delhi. All the shops were shut, and residents were asked to remain indoors until the situation was brought under control.

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