Over two dozen young men in an inebriated state got into a scuffle with the police outside Ramlila Maidan here in the early hours of Friday and even smashed the windscreen of a police van parked nearby. Two persons have been arrested in this connection.
The young men tried to enter Ramlila Maidan, where social activist Anna Hazare is sitting on an indefinite fast demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill, from the VIP gate around 3 a.m. when they were stopped by the Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
Soon an altercation broke out and when some Delhi Police personnel standing nearby came to the rescue of the unarmed CRPF personnel, the young men allegedly attacked them with sticks. The hooligans allegedly broke the windscreen of a Police Control Room van and also hurled chairs at the policemen causing injuries.
Additional police force was summoned and the situation was brought under control soon.
Two of the accused, Abhishek (27) and Anil Kumar (21), were arrested, while the others escaped. Abhishek is a finance officer in IndiGo Airline. Anil, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, is a Bachelor of Computer Applications student.
A case under Section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public function), 323 (causing hurt), 332 (causing hurt to public servant), 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Kamla Market police station.
Following the incident, the organisers made a request to the police to take strict action against those resorting to violence outside the Maidan.
In a similar incident, about two dozen people in an inebriated state had entered into an altercation with some television journalists at the Maidan earlier this week when the latter refused to interview them. The young men allegedly hurled abuses at the journalists and tried to jump over the barricades when the police were called in.
There have been reports of people coming to the Maidan drunk, especially late at night.
The supporters said such incidents are a result of free food and easy availability of liquor around Ramlila Maidan.