Delhi: they kept the protesters away, preserved the friendship

NEW DELHI: While community tension seized Maujpur, less than a kilometer away, the village of Babarpur kept hostility at bay, with Hindu and Muslim residents living as neighbors who decide not to be caused by pointless violence .

On Monday, when de Maujpur broke the news of the throwing of stones, senior citizens immediately called a meeting and asked residents here not to allow strangers to enter the village, area resident Ajay Sharma said. We also decided to catch any suspicious person and turn it over to the residents' welfare association or the local police.

Sharma's neighbor and childhood friend, Waseem Khan, joined the conversation and added: Some people claimed that Muslim houses were being attacked in other parts of northeastern Delhi and that we should join the protests. But we don't pay attention to that conversation, but instead choose to say at home.

While the police began to patrol the area, residents were responsible for touring the villages in batches, especially at night. “Our only objective was to keep thugs or antisocials away from our area. We were concerned that the harmony shared by the people here would be affected by the presence of those people, said Desh Raj.

Social life in Babarpur has been marked by community friendship. Mohammad Imran shared how all Muslims eagerly wait to participate in the local temple organized bhandara every year and how the dishes prepared during the Eid celebration are distributed to all Hindu houses. Mangu Singh said his Muslim landlord was very protective of his family. I saw some tenants in my neighborhood collecting stones to face any unforeseen incident, but I convinced them that there would be no violence here, Singh said.

In Mustafabad, amidst hatred, chaos and violence, this spirit of friendship became evident in the Mankameshwar Mandir. Muslims sacrificed sleep all night to protect Shiva's temple from attacks by rioters. They also helped the Indian employees of a candy store to leave the area when riots broke out.

The mandir is surrounded by Muslim residences. As soon as reports of vandalism began to circulate in a mosque in Ashok Vihar, residents became angry, but we did not allow anyone to attack the temple, said carpenter Mohammad Khalid. “Most of those who engaged in violence were people from outside our localities. It was our responsibility to ensure that our Hindu brothers and sisters did not face hostility. ”

Harikant Sharma, son of the priest of the Indradev Shastri temple, praised the act of local Muslims. It was the Muslims who guaranteed our safety and protected the temple, he confirmed. The cops were not seen anywhere during all this, and if it wasn't for the locals, we don't know what could have happened.

Mukesh Kumar, who runs a candy store in Mustafabad, expressed appreciation for the way local Muslims alerted him to the violence in nearby areas on Monday and helped him get to his home in Nand Nagri. “I had never seen anything like this before. I can't even imagine how it all started, said Mukesh, who returned to Mustafabad on Saturday to open his shop and meet with the locals.