Residents of a housing society in Noida's Sector 78 witnessed a riot-like situation on Wednesday morning when a mob of few hundreds gheraoed the premises and started pelting stones.
The attackers were domestic helps and neighbours of a maid who was allegedly beaten up by one of the residents of Mahagun Moderne, police said.
The mob gathered outside the main gate of the society at 7 am and tried to breach the security. Some even managed to enter the premises with rods and were seen pelting stones at the buildings.
They also blocked a main Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) road at Barola, halting traffic towards Noida Phase 2 Industrial Area.
Superintendent of police (city) Arun Kumar Singh rushed to the spot along with a posse of policemen.
"Most of the protesters are domestic helps, who are angry that a maid has been allegedly beaten up. We are trying to contain the protest," the SP said.
A resident, however, said that a maid was caught stealing from one of the apartments and was handed over to police. "This is what enraged them", he said.
Residents stayed indoors, and were not able to send their kids to school or get their maids in.