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Chand Bagh Muslims form human chain to save Temple

It would have been shameful for us if the temple would have been damaged, Saleem said

Wednesday February 26, 2020 6:02 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Muslims save temple

[Security forces conducted flag march in the riot affected areas.]

New Delhi: After three days of violence in northeast Delhi, the Muslim residents of Chand Bagh gave a message of harmony and brotherhood by saving a temple from being vandalised.

The incident was reported from Chand Bagh, one of the worst-affected areas, where Saleem (67) and several other local residents formed a human chain around a temple and saved it.

"It would have been shameful for us if the temple would have been damaged," Saleem said.

Tabassum (30), another local resident said, "We have ensured that nothing happens to the temple. We also ensured that no damage happens to the shops of our Hindu brothers."

Such stories coming up after communal hatred, violence and arson coming in from northeast Delhi speaks of easing of tension in the area.

Maujpur, Jaffrabad and other areas of Northeast Delhi are on the boil since Sunday when BJP leader Kapil Mishra led a pro CAA rally to counter peaceful protesters against CAA.

As many as 21 people have died and more than 250 have been reportedly injured in the worst ever riot in the recent history.

There was fresh violence this morning with reports of arson and stone-throwing. A battery shop was set on fire in Bhajanpura area. The shop was vandalised and burnt batteries were strewn on the road.

The body of an Intelligence Bureau officer - Ankit Sharma - was recovered from a drain in Delhi's Chand Bagh today.

Ankit Sharma, who worked as a Security Assistant with the IB, was returning home on Tuesday evening when he was allegedly attacked by a mob at the Chand Bagh bridge and beaten to death; his body was later thrown into a drain, according to officials.

Among them dead is also a Delhi police official. Among the injured is also a 14-year-old teen who was shot at in Kardam Puri area of the national capital. The boy, identified as Faizan, had not been a part of protests or clashes but had been in the area to drop off some items to an acquaintance.

Widespread attacks on journalists also took police during the riots. A mosque is set on fire in Ashok Nagar area. Police and media earlier denied any damage to the mosque. Number of videos however confirmed that the mosque was set on fire.

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