The Hush Post| 13:05 pm|one-minute-read|
It was probably the worst in the people which was seen or rather which was witnessed in Delhi. On Wednesday dozens of men – passers-by, autowallas and just about anybody – pounced upon crates of mangoes left unattended by a street vendor and robbed it clean.
According to Chhote, a fruit-seller in north Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, the incident took place after a fight broke out in the neighbourhood. Even as the law enforcement agencies were supposed to be on an alert to enforce the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the mango loot took place.
“They had a fight over there, near the school. A group of men came here and asked me to move my theli (push cart),” he said on Thursday.
Seeing his crates lying unguarded, some people in the area passing by decided to take advantage of the situation. Two, four, six – everyone took away whatever they could.
The video of the incident, recorded by a witness and widely shared on social media, showed the free-for-all that followed.
Riders put mangoes in their headgears, bags, sling bags and whatever they had. Others called out like hawkers, encouraging everyone to help themselves. The incident caused a small traffic jam in the area, the video showed.
“I had 15 crates of mangoes here worth about Rs 30,000. They took everything,” Chhote said.
Business has been slow because of the coronavirus lockdown and this incident has practically broken his back, the fruit-seller said.
Chhote said he has filed a complaint with the police but they have not taken any action yet.