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Tales of harmony: Neighbours of different faiths stand together to ensure peace

Mail Today logo Mail Today 01-03-2020 Aishwarya Paliwal
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From Mustafabad, an area distraught with violence, comes a tale of harmony and brotherhood. When parts of northeast Delhi were burning, neighbours for 40 years Kalyan Singh and Maulana Haji Din Mohommad were protecting each other.

In Mustafabad's Babu Nagar, where 13 out of 60 households belong to Hindus, it was the Muslims who decided to protect not just the residents but also the surrounding temples. Speaking with India Today TV, Maulana Haji Din Mohommad said, "As soon as we heard about the riots we formed various teams comprising young boys and gave them the task of protecting the temples."

Sushma Sharma, a resident of Babu Nagar told India Today TV that her family hasn't visited the temple yet but she knows it is safe because her Muslim brothers and uncles were protecting it. Commenting on the current situation she said, "We have been staying here for 40 years. We have stood by each other in sicknesses and health we won't let one incident change things between us."

Kalyan Singh, another resident, while talking to India Today TV, said, "The Muslim boys protecting our temples are like my own sons. I know they will fight to protect me and my family."

Arshad, another resident said, "As soon as we heard the news of riot we formed a human chain at the entrance of the lane to prevent unruly elements from entering. Our aim was and still is to protect our Hindu brothers and sisters."

For the past five days, young boys have been taking shifts to protect Hindu houses and temples in an area which is surrounded by horror stories of burned buildings and lost lives.


Chand Bagh, also one of the worst hit areas in northeast Delhi, bears witness to remains of charred vehicles, vandalised shops and gutted homes. As one enters the area, completely torched shops, blackened homes, damaged vehicles and debris on the streets tell a horrifying tale of frenzied mobs wrecking havoc in the area.

Days after violence - the deadliest that the city has seen in decades - broke out in the area, residents are now picking up pieces of what is left of their homes and livelihoods as the civic body cleans up the area.

Meanwhile, the Special Investigative Team (SIT) of Delhi Police, constituted to investigate the riots, has approached the cyber cell for assistance in the probe. The Cell is independently handling as many as 12 FIRs. It has been examining CCTV footage, some of which are of poor quality. In an attempt to identify the miscreants involved in the riots, the Cell will also scrutinise WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms.

In Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Yamuna Vihar, Chand Bagh, Mustafabad and Bhajanpura, which were among the areas worst hit by the communal violence, there were more vehicles and people on the roads than in the last five days.

Personnel of the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces encouraged people to open their shops and appealed for peace and communal harmony. They started their march at Jaffrabad and moved through Maujpur and then into the narrow lanes of Noor-e-Ilahi, Yamuna Vihar and Bhajanpura, areas where mobs ran riot vandalising shops, houses and torching vehicles early this week.

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