Following clashes between the Shia and Sunni sects at Aman Colony in Karond, some of the area’s residents have decided to sell off their properties and settle down in other parts of the city.
However, most of their attempts to do so have reportedly failed as there are hardly any interested buyers and those who have shown interest have quoted very low rates.
There are at least six to seven houses at Aman Colony that have been decorated with ‘for sale’ notices. When HT contacted the residents of these houses, most of them said they didn’t want to live there because of the growing tension between the two sects.
On Thursday, a mob, allegedly belonging to Sunni sect, swooped down on the colony where people belonging to Shia sect lived. They attacked with firearms and sharp-edged weapons, set houses on fire and damaged vehicles. The reign of terror went on for more than two hours before police could control the mob. The terrorised residents, numbering around 500, fled their homes.
Irfan Khan, who got his house constructed at Aman Colony in 2010, blamed Irani Dera members for tension in the locality. “When I had purchased the land in 2006, there was a very peaceful atmosphere in the locality. But, now you can see the situation. Presently, I am living in a rented flat and planning to sell my new house,” Irfan Khan told HT.
Sallu Miyan, who owns a house in the locality, has been trying to sell his house since the past one-and-half years, but has not received satisfactory offers.
Clash victims blame admin, police
Three days after the clash between two sects of a religious community broke out at Aman Colony, some of the victims returned to their houses to collect the remaining household goods and clothes on Saturday.
However, they later returned to their temporary accommodation at Irani Dera near Bhopal railway station. Most of them alleged that the administration and police were not helping them.
Zareen Bi, along with three other women, was of the view that the administration and police have turned blind eyes on them. “We have been homeless but the administration has not arranged any accommodation. They are assuring that they would give us compensation but god knows when,” she said.
Meanwhile, the accused who were arrested by police in connection with the clash were produced in court and sent to jail.