Anti-Bulldozer Rally in Chennai in the Wake of Jahangirpuri Episode

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The theme of the speeches delivered on the occasion was that the BJP rule is set on the demolition drive of the constitutional values of the country.

Syed Ali Mujtaba | Clarion India

CHENNAI – The anti-encroachment drive targeting properties of poor Muslims in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area of Delhi jolted the conscience of the nation. The incident had its echoes in this Southern megapolis where a peaceful protest rally was organised on May Day at the Valurkottam, the permanent protest site in the city.

Organised by the concerned citizens of Chennai and supported by several non-governmental organisations, the rally was attended by a few hundred people to register their protest against the illegal demolitions which have become a trend in some states. Speakers at the rally addressed the issue of what they called as jungle raj prevailing in many parts of the country. The theme of the speeches delivered on the occasion was that the BJP rule is set on the demolition drive of the constitutional values of the country.

The rally was attended by a few hundred people to register their protest against the illegal demolitions which have become a trend in some states.

One of the speakers who recounted the sequence of events on April 16 and 21 said that “on April 16, Hindus took out Shobha Yatra procession as part of Hanuman Jayanti festival that traversed through the Muslim dominated Jahangirpuri area. When the procession reached a mosque, an altercation took place between those in procession and the local Muslims. This made way for hate sloganeering by both communities and to stone-pelting incidents and violence.”

“Thereafter on April 21, Jahangirpuri witnessed seven bulldozers moving into its neighborhood apparently on orders of the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), razing several houses and shops belonging to Muslims alleged to be stone pelters on April 16 event. The bulldozers not only demolished the poor Muslims’ houses but also the exterior gate of the mosque where the heated exchange had taken place between Hindus and Muslims,” the speaker said.

The act of demolition of the Muslim houses by the bulldozer was nothing but a reflection of the BJP’s hatred against the Muslims, said Vignesh, of Makal Pathi, an organiser of today’s protest.

‘The BJP is giving the message that it does not subscribe to the constitutional values but to hooliganism to polarise the communities, said one of the senior citizens present during the protest. He added that the incident such as the one in Jahangirpuri, at Delhi, is taking the country to the dark ages.”

The speakers of today’s protest made an appeal to the government and the political parties not to remain silent spectators to the unsavory developments in the country. All the concerned citizens must unite to dislodge the current government in Delhi hell-bent on creating a Hindu- Muslim rift in the country.

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Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com      

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