A Hindu peace prevails in Trilokpuri. Controlled tension and rumours abound. Rest of Delhi can vote for ‘development’!

Kumar Sundaram

After a citizens meeting yesterday in the Sri Ram Centre near Delhi’s Mandi House regarding the worrisome communal clashes in Trilokpuri, I went to the area long with 9-10 other activists like Harsh Mander, Kavita Krishnan, Nayan Jyoti and Kiran Shaheen. Apart from the collective open appeal to the LG and the Delhi Police commissioner that was released yesterday, a visit to the Trilokpuri to meet the police and local residents was decided in yesterday’s meeting.

The police officials assured the local activists of action and heavy police presence was visible in the entire area. Our friends from the locality told us that the situation is actually under control since Saturday night, although a perceptible tension was still in the air. The activists are discussing about a peace march and sustained dialogue with the communities once the tension lowers. Here are my own quick observations, strictly personal as the citizens’ group might come up with its own collective statements and fact finding reports later –

– It’s a low income area, people do small jobs and run shops etc. Youths are unemployed and there are all kinds of prejudices prevailing – Hindus against muslims, Muslims against Hindus, Muslims against Dalits and vice-versa. Small scuffles are not so uncommon and people have difficult relationship with the police.

– The police didn’t act initially when two-sided stone pelting happened but when it sprung into action, it crushed the one side – male police beating up muslim women, random youth picked up and even the sarkari Aman Committee having a distinct Hindu shade. Riots happen because Muslims are violent, uneducated and too religious. A ‘Hindu peace’, strongly backed by the police, prevails in the area.

– Local residents confirmed that the cycle of violence escalated after the local BJP leader and former MLA Sunil Kumar vaidya’s provocative speech where he called for a temple to be built at the spot of mata ki chowki visited. Most residents – both Hindus and Muslims – said outsiders were behind the violence.

– Large-scale riots might actually be counter-productive for the BJP in a place like Delhi, so I guess it will just unleash a controlled but simmering tension in areas like this with reverberations in other lower middle class zones. South Delhi can continue to enjoy shopping malls peacefully. They will vote the BJP for development.

Block 15: While we were told at the Police Station that there’s only prohibitory order under 144, here they told us its curfew and didn’t allow us to meet people.

Trilokpuri‬ Block 22: A Hindu resident telling us there are no bigger goons than police here. It’s a generally low income area and scuffles between youths is not uncommon. Two such groups fought and it was given communal color. He said the police is not allowing them to open their shops and earn. The riots were instigated by outsiders.

We spoke to the Aman Committee appointed by the police, which are mostly Hindus. Local people, both Hindus n Muslims say these are elements which act as police informers even in normal situations and fill the cops against people who are not in their good books. One of the Aman Committee members warned a senior fellow activist against going near the mosque as ‘they are dangerous’.

All kinds of rumours are abound in the area and even the people living right near the mata ki chowki where the scuffle started have multiple versions. Typical signs of communal tensions fomented on rumours.

 

  • abu ayman

    this is the same modus operandi of sangh parivar. creat trouble,blame muslims,kill muslims, call muslims as trouble makers with the help of police. jiski lathi uski bhains

    • Mr. Abu, Islamists all over the world need to really instrospect. Just
      blaming, USA, Jews, RSS for all the problems is not going to fool
      anybody now.

      • abu ayman

        mr pagan idolworshipper , you cant hide behind the “war on terror” propaganda. the Truth will be victorious and islam will prevail

        • Forget war on terror propaganda. Muslims are being tortured and killed by ISIL in Syria & Iraq. It is war on muslims by muslims. It is fanatics like you who are being swayed by supremists Islamists ideology that is the threat to even fellow Shias and other muslims.

          • abu ayman

            we are aware of the chaostic groups that exist in the world. worry about your eternal salvation , and i invite you to accept islam, it is for your eternal life in hereafter in paradise

          • Chaos is only in Islamic groups all around the world. Let Allah take care of life in hereafter in paradise. Get your Islamists house in order here and now. There is utter chaos, ruthless terror, mayhem among muslims itself all around the world. I pray to God that muslims learn to live in peace among themselves first.

          • abu ayman

            dont worry about muslims ,Allah will take care of muslims, and praying to idols will only take you to eternal hell, so shun idol worship and worship the one True God Allah, and become muslim

          • Before inviting somebody to one’s house, one should get ones house clean. First play to Allah to stop muslims inflicting atrocities on other muslims. Regarding idol worship, you are ill informed about the path of Spirituality, we don’t worship idol we worship God.

            As a hindu, we respect all religions, but there is no doubt that the only, i repeat, the only real path of Spirituality is Hinduism and I am proud of it.

          • abu ayman

            WHO CARES FOR YOUR PAGAN RESPECT, IF YOU ACCEPT ISLAM YOU WILL SAVE YOURSELF FROM HELL , IF ALLAH WILLS, IF NOT , BURN IN HELL WITH YOUR IDOLS FOR EVER. YOU MONKEY WORSHIPPERS ARE FOLLOWING SHAITHAN, THE SOONER YOU REALISE THE BETTTER

          • Ha Ha. I pity you. Your statement shows just how extremism gives birth to such idiotic, pathetic thoughts. I think you should read the Bhagavat Gita & Bible too, it will save you from your prejudice, intolerance & hatred. Today all over the world moderate muslims have to hang their head in shame because of bigots & morons like you know who.

            I respect all religions, but I am proud of my Hindu heritage (and I suppose your heritage too), which assures me a life of Sat-Chit-Ananda in this life & hereafter.

            Anyway, don’t worry about me, pray to Allah to first save hundreds of thousands of muslims who are “burning in living hell” being raped, tortured, mutilated & blown to smithereens by bombs in no less place but in holy mosques and killed by fellow muslims.

            Last but not the least, I am really happy that the religion that I belong to & the spiritual upbringing & culture that is imbibed in me does not bring forth within me an iota of intolerance or hatred towards you even after reading your caustic replies full of insult & hatred towards my religion. My belief in my spiritual (Hinduism is not a religion, hinduism is spiritual) growth has grown more.

            I hope Allah has the power to reform you and instill in you care,
            love and respect for other religions. You prove me that Allah has the
            power to reform you and my respect for Islam, which is purported by moderate muslims as the religion of peace will grow.

            “This is my last reply”, my time & life is too important for me to waste with morons & bigots like you know who…..May Allah give you some common sense and instills in you love & respect for fellow human beings irrespective of the religion they profess.

            My, this message, is a reply to all your future posts. After you spew your hate, read this reply of mine. I wish you well.

        • There is a saying in English. “A problem known is half solved”. The biggest issue with Islamists is that they are not understanding they are the problem.

          Sir, there are many ills in the world especially Islamic world whether it is poverty, unemployment or illiteracy. Please focus on those areas. Don’t use Allah’s name to spew hatred on others.

  • India First

    Same HS Phoolka who fought on an AAP ticket from Ludhiana was also a member of Sonia Gandhi’s NAC & helped draft the Communal Violence Bill!

  • India First

    Irony is.AamAadmiParty got all their 4 seats from Sikh community and they were complete silient on SaharanpurRiots where Sikhs r butchered

  • India First

    all the arrested goons were part of AAP, all muslims that too

  • Indian Voter

    I congratulate the present Narendra Modi Government to truly handle the riots in Trilokpuri in a just & decisive manner. It was sad to see the new party AAP playing the communal & minority vote bank politics card. I hope AAP learns from its erstwhile partner Congress that Indian muslims are not fools, they know now that all so-called pseudo secular parties like Congress, SP, RJD have just used them as vote banks. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, all citizens of India belonging to every caste, creed, religion are coming together as Indians. Nation First.