New Delhi: Residents of Bhajanpura-Yamuna Vihar area spoke of the fear and narrow misses they encountered all through Monday night and Tuesday morning as rampaging mobs wreaked terror on people in the locality.
An elderly man, who was not named by the news agency PTI, pleaded with the rioters to spare him as he returned from hospital where his grandson was undergoing treatment.
"I was returning from Ganga Ram Hospital. It was really difficult getting back home. I had to plead with folded hands with both groups after every few steps.
"Only I know how I managed to return home," the elderly man, a resident of C Block in Yamuna Vihar, told PTI.
A petrol pump was set on fire in Bhajanpura on Monday.
Residents said the mobs marauded not only through main roads, but on interior lanes and bylanes in residential areas as well, whereas police and other security personnel were deployed only on the main road that leads to Bhajanpura, Rohini and Loni, Ghaziabad via Gokalpuri flyover.
"The forces are inadequate. Also, they are there but not doing anything...I fail to understand why," said another Yamuna Vihar resident said, requesting anonymity.
Mobs went on a rampage at market places, set shops on fire even as large groups gheraoed homes of some people, attacking their main gates with sticks and stones.
"A house in my neighbourhood was targeted by a mob of around 200 in the night. They kept calling us and others for help. They called up police also. But nobody could help them.
"This morning they showed me footage of the attack caught in their CCTV camera and it was terrifying. Everyone here is scared," a prominent resident of Yamuna Vihar said requesting anonymity as he "feared" giving out his name could put his "family into trouble".
At least seven people, including a police head constable, have died since Monday as mobs went on a rampage in Maujpur, Jaffrabad, Babarpur, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar, Chandbagh areas in northeast Delhi....