The issue of communal tension in Jorbagh in connection with Karbala and the opening of the western gate of Dargah Shah-e-Mardana refuses to die down with opposing parties coming up with contrasting demands.
On one hand, Shia leaders, after meeting Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde last week, are demanding withdrawal of FIRs in connection with Karbala issue and action against those guilty in the Ghausiya Masjid issue. On the other hand, residents of the neighbouring Battukeshwar Dutt Colony and Jorbagh are opposing quashing/withdrawal of FIRs.
Jorbagh has become a hot bed of controversies since January 2012 when the two communities clashed over opening of the dargah’s western gate, alterations to heritage properties and alleged occupation of government land.
After meeting with Shinde, it was decided that representatives of Anjuman-e-Haideri — the dargah in question — will submit relevant documents to the Delhi government’s ‘screening committee for withdrawal of prosecution’.
Accordingly, the dargah representatives submitted the documents last week itself. “However, there has been no further action as yet. Maulana Qalbe Jawad (Shia leader from Lucknow) on Saturday wrote to (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi too,” said Mahmud Pracha, a lawyer and dargah representative.
He also claimed that they are asking for withdrawal of only those FIRs wherein innocents were falsely implicated. “Policemen were aggressors then and a judicial inquiry was promised. It never happened and so we are demanding withdrawal of these FIRs.”
But the colony residents have a contrasting demand. “Members of the Anjuman have made so many forcible attempts to grab land/parks in the garb of religious functions. Religious functions of Anjuman have become a nightmare for us,” said Karamvir Singh Nagar, president, Welfare Association Battukeshwar Dutt Colony, in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor.
“It will be a very severe mistake if these FIRs are quashed,” said Sohan Lal Gadi, general secretary of the association.
They also mentioned cases are also pending before the Delhi High Court to save the government properties in the colony from mollified intentions of Anjuman-e-Haidari to grab these lands.