Clashes broke out in Shalimar Bagh area in North West Delhi after residents of the area pelted stones at each other and got into a fight. Eight police personnel were injured who were sent to control the situation.
The police have booked 27 people so far for rioting and arson. Around 200 people had gathered by midnight.
The police said the incident took place at Prem Bari Pul when a man fought with two persons over consuming drugs in the area. The fight escalated and both the sides called more persons for support and soon tension erupted.
The residents threw bottles, attacked police personnel and police vehicles, and disrupted traffic movement in the area.
The videos of the incident emerged on social media where it could be seen that a group of young men and boys were running on the main road and stopping cars while some men were pelting stones.
Some residents called the police control room when the commotion went out of control. The teas from Shalimar Bagh police station and staff from neighburing police stations were called to control the tension.
When the police began controlling the crowd, the angry residents started pelting stones and bottles at police. The crowd also tried to stop the traffic in the area. The crowd also attempted to torch a bike in the area which was immediately doused.
The preliminary investigation showed that a resident identified as Santosh got into a fight with the boys who were allegedly consuming drugs.
DCP (North West) Usha Rangnani stated that the crowd was brought under control after a few minutes. The crowd was angry and tried to stop the vehicles on the road. The police had to resort to mild lathi charge to control the crowd when they throw stones and bottles at police teams.
The incident left the complainant Santosh and eight policemen injured who were taken to the hospital.
The police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections of rioting, causing hurt, attempted murder and assaulting policemen and sections of Damage to Public Property Act.