Delhi Violence Today: “Are you Hindu or Muslim?”; The TOI graphic reporter tells the horror of Maujpur | Delhi News
My horrible experience began when I arrived at the Maujpur subway station around 12.15 p.m. I was surprised when a Hindu member of Sena suddenly approached me offering to put tilak on my forehead saying that it would make my job “easier.” He could see me with cameras, which identified me as a graphic reporter. However, he insisted. “You are also Hindu, bhaiya. What is the damage?
Around 15 minutes later, stone throws began between two groups in the area. Amid mottos of “Modi, Modi”, I saw black smoke waving in the sky. As I ran to the burning building, a few men near a Shiv Mandir stopped me. When I told them I was going to take pictures, they told me not to go there. “Bhai, aap bhi to Hindu ho? Kyun jaa rahe ho? Aaj Hindu Jaag Gaya Hai. (Brother, you are also Hindu. Why are you going there? Hindus have woken up today, ”said one of them.
I stepped aside and after a while I navigated the barricades to get to the place. As soon as I started taking photos, a few men wielding bamboo sticks and sticks surrounded me. They tried to snatch my camera, but my fellow reporter, Sakshi Chand, stood in front of me and challenged them to touch me. The men decided to slip away.
A short time later I realized that they were following me. A young man approached me and asked me: “Bhai, your zyada uchhal raha hai. Your Hindu is there Musalman? (Brother, you are acting very intelligently. Are you Hindu or Muslim?). They threatened to take off my pants to confirm my religion. Then I crossed my hands and said I was just a humble photographer. Then they gave me some threats, but they let me go.
Desperate to leave the area, I started looking for my office vehicle, but it was nowhere to be found. Then I walked a few hundred meters towards Jafrabad when I saw an autorickshaw. The driver agreed to take me to ITO.
Later I realized that the name embossed in the car could get us into trouble with the mafia. As fate would have it, we were soon arrested by four men. They seized our necklaces to get us out of the car. I begged them to let us go, saying that he was a member of the press and that the driver of the car was innocent.
When the driver left me, I realized that I was shocked to the core. “I have never been asked about my religion in this grotesque way in my life,” he said before separating.