Residents of Jahangirpuri in north-west Delhi on Tuesday celebrated Eid below the watchful eyes of a heavy contingent of the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces. The celebrations remained peaceable with kids attired in new garments mingling freely with the police personnel, residents exchanging items and hugs, and neighbours partaking of festive neighborhood meals.
The hustle and bustle returned to the neighbourhood as distributors and small outlets took over the roadsides, hawking festive goodies. But authorities stored the primary street between Kushal Cinema and Kali Bari Mandir sealed and deployed a posse of personnel.
Jahangirpuri noticed violence between Hindus and Muslims in the course of the Hanuman Jayanti procession on April 16 and subsequently, an anti-encroachment drive was carried out by the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation on April 20. The demolition drive was stopped the identical day on the orders of the Supreme Court and Jahangirpuri has remained by and huge peaceable since then.
With the entrance entrance to the C-Block Jama Masjid closed off because of the street barricading — the mosque’s outer compound wall was demolished in the course of the drive — Muslims used the rear entrance to enter and supply the Eid namaz.
Several residents stated they prayed for peace and concord to return to the world, whilst they admitted that there’s a bit of resentment amongst locals as many are nonetheless being picked up by police for interrogation into the violence.
A senior Delhi Police officer stated individuals needn’t be troubled as anybody who was not concerned within the violence won’t be arrested.
Jahangir Ali, 35, a resident, stated the state of affairs is much better than what it was round 10 to fifteen days in the past. “Everyone is happy and celebrating Eid… There is no acrimony between the two communities. It is the outsiders who tried to disrupt our harmony,” Ali stated.
He stated there’s a bit of panic and unease over native youth being picked up for questioning: “There is also uncertainty that only one community is being targeted.”
Police too did their bit to affix within the festivities. Special commissioner of police Dependra Pathak, deputy commissioner of police (north-west) Usha Rangrani and the ladies personnel of the paramilitary battalion might be seen meeting and clicking footage with kids within the violence hit space. Residents reciprocated by treating them to sweets and goodies.
Pathak stated ample power has been deployed within the locality. “We have improved the situation here by engaging with the residents. People are observing Eid in total peace and life has returned to the normalcy,” he stated.