The mob that torched about 50 houses in Aman Colony didn’t spare even women and small children of the Irani population living in the area.
Panic-stricken Rida Jainab, 5, and Shanu, 6, recalling what happened to their settlement on Thursday morning, said they were in their respective houses when the assailants attacked their house, dragged them out of their house, along with female members of the house including their mother and grandmother.
They were beaten up before their houses were set on fire. Father of both Rida, Shanu had gone out somewhere and returned only after their mother made a call on their cell phone.
With tears in her eyes, Rida said, “I don’t know what is happening here and why are they beating us. They burnt my father’s motorcycle and also burnt my doll.”
Rida further said, “An aunty called my mother over her mobile in the morning. I don’t know what did she say but my mother started crying and yelling ‘Sab lut gaya, ab koi nahin bachega’ (We lost everything and assailants wouldn’t leave anybody). Later, some people knocked the door of my house. Mummy asked me to hide under the table and when my mother opened the gate, people started beating my mother, they also dragged me out and slapped me. A person came and poured oil in my house and set it on fire. My doll burnt and when I was trying to save my doll my father came and took me out of the house.”
Shanu’s story is not much different than Rida. She was watching television when a mob surrounded their house. Shanu said, “A large number of people were threatening outside our house. They eventually torched my house. As we rushed out of the house, we were beaten up by three persons. My books and new cycle burnt in the fire. I don’t know what has happened but my father says we wouldn’t live here anymore.”
“My mother was asking my father to go somewhere else yesterday evening itself, but my father didn’t listen to her. In today’s attack, my mother has received injuries on her face and she is in hospital,” said Shanu.