There was tension in north Delhi’s Nehru Vihar on Friday night after a group of UPSC aspirants clashed with property brokers and house owners of the area, who were allegedly charging extra money for renting out rooms.
A few cars were damaged and three students were injured during the clash. Cops had to use force to disperse the two groups that had pelted stones against each other.
The incident took place around midnight after a group of students got into an altercation with a property dealer, who was charging Rs 1,000 extra for renting a house. The students claimed that the dealer and his associates dragged them into their shop and thrashed them with sticks and slippers.
As rumours about a student being fatally injured spread through the locality, a group of 150 – 200 students stepped out on the road and demanded the arrest of the accused. According to them, the brokers had been harassing the students for the past few months.
Anand Mishra, one of the members of the students group, claimed that some brokers and house owners in Nehru Vihar had been trying to get rid of students by increasing the rent arbitrarily. “Most students who come here are from villages in UP and Bihar. They appear for UPSC and SSC exams for a career. None of us can pay the exorbitant money that they are charging,” said Mishra.
Locals in the area rent out their houses to students for Rs 6,000-7,000 a month. More than 20,000 students from across the country stay in the localities of Nehru Vihar and Mukherjee Nagar. Residents say that during the brawl, a group of students smashed the windshields of half a dozen vehicles, following which a few of them were detained.
Reacting to the incident, a member of the association of brokers said that the matter was mediated later by the cops after which the agitating students left. “There were certain issues regarding the payment of rent and brokerage, which was discussed with the students and has now been resolved,” said A K Sehgal, a member of the brokers’ association.
CLASH: Cops had to use force to disperse the two groups in north Delhi’s Nehru Vihar on Friday