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Delhi's Bawana again simmering with communal tension

In the first week of last month, that is October, the situation in Bawana area of North-West Delhi was very tense. Some anti-social elements were trying to instigate Hindu-Muslim violence. They were trying to build there a case on protecting cows from being slaughtered during Eid, though no Muslim in the area had ever been reported to have done so in the past. Around 200 Hindu youths riding motorcycles and cars had paraded in the area under police protection and even illegally searched Muslim premises in the name of preventing cow slaughter.

Deployment of force in large numbers and efforts of peace activists thwarted the plan and no violence was reported. Everything was looked normal.

But since last week, after the communal riot in Trilokpuri and communal tension in Nandnagri in Delhi, the anti-social elements in Bawana have started their plans again to instigate people and cause riot. This time they are saying that they have a problem with the Muharram’s Taziya procession, which has been historically a very secular demonstration of Hindu-Muslim solidarity standing against evil in the memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (R.A.).

According to locals, the situation is so bad now that Muslims wearing skull-caps in Bawana Chowk (market) are now forced to remove them.

Just now, around 5:30 pm, 1 November, news is coming in that a Muzaffarnagar-style Hindu mahapanchayat (grand assembly) of Hindus from 50-odd nearby villages is going to take place tomorrow, Sunday. Muslims in the area are in extreme anxiety, worry and fear.

Muslims are demanding deployment of RAF or CRPF in the area as they do not believe the local “biased” police will be able to protect them. Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, said that Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Shri Najeeb Jung, Lt. Governor of Delhi and Shri BS Bassi Commissioner Delhi Police will be personally responsible for not taking preventive measures in case of any violence which results from lack of policing and prevention.

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