New Delhi: Clashes broke out between locals and security forces in Delhi’s Mayapuri on Saturday afternoon. The skirmish took place when police officials sealed illegal scrap factories following the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order. In a video shared by ANI, security forces were seen chasing down protesters and throwing stones at the men running on a road in the area. Also Read - SDMC Opens Delhi's 'First Shoe Bank' in Subhash Nagar | See Pictures Here
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) officials started to seal the polluting scrap factories on Saturday morning following the NGT’s order to seal at least 850 such factories. Also Read - Petrol Price Crosses Rs 100-mark in Rajasthan For First Time | Check Fuel Price in Other Cities
In the video, it can be seen that protesters are pelting stones at the security forces and then being chased down by the personnel who return the stones with bricks and lathi-charge.
The NGT had slammed the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal scrap industries in Mayapuri that are causing pollution. Reacting to the video of the clashes on Saturday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Beating up one’s own businessmen with such brutality is shameful. The business class has always supported the BJP with its money and votes. In return, BJP is beating them up and sealing their businesses. Even during elections, you dare to show such brutality with your actions? This makes BJP’s intentions clear that they do not want the businessmen’s support.”