New Delhi:Locals and commuters on Saturday evening allegedly complained of experiencing burning sensation in eyes and irritation in nose and throat near Laxmi Nagar and Geeta Colony and several other parts of east Delhi. Sharing his experience, Akarsh Sharma, a practicing lawyer from Laxmi Nagar, told News 9, “I was out for my evening walk. Stepping out from home, I realised there is something wrong in the air. Since it was bearable I ignored it initially. As I moved closer to the road on Pushta Marg, Laxmi Nagar, irritation in eyes and nose became almost unbearable. People could be seen wearing masks or covering their nose with hankies.”
Sparsh Sharma, another resident, said, “Standing out on the street is difficult. There is irritation and frequent coughing. Suddenly, everyone was talking about it. Now, there are numerous posts about this on social media.”
Residents of east Delhi share first-hand account
Sumit Vashishtha, a resident of Shakarpur, who also faced similar issue, said that as soon as he stepped out of his house and went towards Laxmi Nagar Metro Station, his eyes started burning and his throat was also severely irritated. Mohit Thapliyal, another resident of Laxmi Nagar, said, “I have been wearing a mask even indoors due to the throat irritation and the children in my house have been crying due to a burning sensation in their eyes.”
What social media users saying
Several people living in parts of east Delhi, including Laxmi Nagar and Geeta Colony, also took to social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) and complained about facing similar issue. “Something toxic in air around Akshardham, Laxmi Nagar. Extreme irritation of eyes and nose. Many people have stopped on the road,” a user wrote.
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“People in East Delhi are experiencing irritation in eyes and face in Laxmi Nagar, Geeta Colony and areas around, bikers are facing it more badly,” another user wrote on X.
Why east Delhi residents complained of irritation in eyes
Kapil Singh, a former Yuva Morcha president, Shakarpur, claimed that people experienced irritation in eyes in parts of east Delhi as police conducted an anti-riot drill ahead of the farmers ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on February 13. Singh further said that the police used “teargas”, which caused irritation in the eyes of the people. “People in East Delhi are experiencing irritation in eyes and face in Laxmi Nagar, Geeta Colony and areas around. Ahead of the farmer protest, the @DelhiPolice conducted an anti-riot drill,” he posted on X.
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