NEW DELHI – The Jannati Mosque in Gokulpuri, which was damaged during the riots that broke out in Northeast Delhi in February last year, has been repaired by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH).
Pictures of the mosque damaged by the miscreants had gone viral on social media.
The Jamiat is doing the relief and repair work in phased manner. So far 55 houses and two mosques have been built or repaired in the first phase, and 45 houses and a mosque in the second phase. In total, the Jamiat has constructed and renovated 130 houses destroyed during the riots and handed them over to the riot victims.
The Jamiat said that on the direction of Maulana Arshad Madani, the volunteers and members of the Jamiat helped people irrespective of their religion during the riots.
On Monday, the third phase of construction and repair work of all the four floors of the mosque was completed. The mosque has been handed over to the local people after the renovation work.
During the riots, the four walls of a cemetery in Joyoti Nagar were completely destroyed by the miscreants, which have also been repaired. Also, 30 newly constructed and repaired houses in Bhagirati Vihar and Krawal Nagar have been handed over to the people.
“The riots were horrific and planned. The role of the police and the administration during the riots has been dubious,” Maualan Madani said, adding that the government cannot escape the responsibility for the riots. Maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the government in which it failed miserably, he said.
“We have observed thousands of times that riots do not happen spontaneously but these are staged. If the administration is serious, there can be no riots anywhere in India,” he opined.
He said during riots Muslims are attacked and killed and their houses and shops are burnt; then they are arrested with serious charges slapped on them. “The tragic aspect of all the riots is that no culprit has ever been punished. On the contrary the culprits have been rewarded with Y-grade security,” the Maulana observed.
Maulana Madani said that those who think that riots only harm Muslims are wrong. Riots actually ruin the country and its dignity and credibility is damaged.
He said the country’s biased media was busy spreading hatred against Muslims. He referred to the Rinku Sharma murder case in which a youth was recently killed in the northwest of Delhi. It was the result of a business rivalry between two groups of friends turned foes. The police and the mother of the deceased have already said that no communal aspect is involved. Still the media and sectarian organizations are trying to give this case a communal colour, Maulana Madani said.
He saw in it a deliberate attempt to create Hindu-Muslim discord and divert attention from the ongoing farmers’ agitation.