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Riots in Delhi: how strangers were kept at bay on this “island of peace” | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: While northeast Delhi was caught in a communal frenzy, Indira Vihar, a town in Shiv Vihar, proved to be gallantly different. There are 3,200 houses in the area, and only eight of them belong to Hindu families. To save them from the mafia, residents even changed the nameplate in a pickle maker’s shop and guarded a temple. “Whether it’s Diwali or a cremation, we’ve always been side by side, so why not today?” Wasim reasoned.

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On Wednesday, three Muslim men stood guard outside the temple in Indira Vihar. One of them told TOI: “We have always lived in peace together. A place of worship should not be damaged. “Near a house was a piece of paper with” Parwaiz Ansari “stuck on the blue door. While a cloth covered the ledge of the wall, beneath it you could spy on the idols of Saraswati , Hanuman and other gods.The house belongs to a Hindu pickle maker, and the subterfuge saved the man, his wife and their two children from harm.

Nandlal, approached locally as the son of math maker Panditji, said with great relief: “We are safe from people who live on both lanes. No one has allowed a stranger to venture there, and even if someone enters the area , they are prevented from approaching our house. We may not know everyone by name, but we recognize most people by the face. ”

Tasleem Ansari has been a neighbor and best friend of the Sainis who live in front of his house. Ansari said: “Shiv Vihar is burning because of strangers, not because of its residents.” He said there is social interaction between all people and that they visit the homes of others. Ansari said that elder Sainiji, head of the family, had recently died, but that his son Pankaj and his wife lived here. Neeraj, the other son, lived in Maujpur. When two Saini women got married, the entire neighborhood came together to help, and the Hindu family has always reciprocated when visiting the homes of their neighbors in Eid. “The two brothers couldn’t get together because of the violence, so Pankaj went to Neeraj’s house only today,” Ansari said.

Tara Dev, one of the Hindu residents, said: “In our three decades living here, we have never had any problems with our neighbors. They are our brothers and sisters. Today, many of them are on watch outside our home and we know we are safe. ”

Also in Chand Bagh, Praveen Kumar was a compliment to his Muslim neighbors. “They saved our temple from destruction and went out of their way to guarantee harmony even in this deadly situation.”

A reciprocal story developed in Brijpuria Puliya. Akhtar Raza, a member of the BJP minority cell, was in the Faruqia Mosque, where protests were being held against the CAA. When a crowd attacked them, Raza, by his own testimony, declared that he and his family would not be alive if it were not for their Hindu neighbors.

Raza said the rioters identified Muslim homes and attacked people in panic. Six of those houses were set on fire. “Our Hindu neighbors helped us escape and many of us moved with our relatives,” Raza said.

Times of India