Khandwa residents take to Facebook to restore peace

  • Punya Priya Mitra and Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2014 12:55 IST

It started on Facebook and now efforts are being made to restore peace in Khandwa through the social networking website.

Residents of Khandwa are using the social media to broker peace and create communal harmony in the city. The district administration is also trying hard through various means to convey the message of peace in the city.

The debate to give a government job to the wife of the deceased is still on. "Shashan ko Pundge ke patni ko sarkari naukari de ke sacchi shraddhanjali deni chahiye," writes Santosh Saraf in a discussion going on after the communal tension.

"My heart goes out to the family of late Shri Pundge. This gentleman was as I know the sole bread winner for his family. The culprit irrespective of his religion should face the harshest punishment. His action has killed a friend, a husband. Can't believe even in this century instead of talking mergers, acquisitions and business, we are FIGHTING instead of taking collectively India to a new height," writes a resident on the Facebook page of Khandwa Jansampark page’s post.

A district administration official, while talking to HT, said the administration will make all attempts to spread communal harmony in the city through social sites and Whatsapp. "We will surely think about making a strategy for ensuring peace in the city," he said.

Another person, Imroz Qureshi, a resident of Khandwa, writes on his wall: "This evening, I got a call from my IBM colleague in Britain as he saw the Khandwa riot news on TV. He was keen to know about the situation in Khandwa. I spoke to him and before I hung up, I remembered these lines, the best way I could put the situation is described in the words: 'Siyaasat ko khoon peene ki lat hai/Warna mere Shehar mein toh sab khairiayat hai'. We want Peace."

He further writes, "My heart goes out to the family of the victim of Khandwa riot. Being a Muslim, I understand that Islam does not allow such killings, this action is totally anti-Islamic that goes against the values imbibed by our great religion and this action needs to be condemned in every possible way. Hope to see the accused face the harshest punishment."

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