Muslim families who had fled Atali village following communal clashes, returned home after ten days with full police protection on Wednesday after talks between the two communities were successful.
Union minister and Faridabad MP Krishen Pal Gurjar, Haryana education minister Ram Vilas Sharma and Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh were also present during the talks.Though Hindus had already apologised for the May 25 incident and even agreed to allow construction of mosque at the original site, Muslims were adamant on arrest of the accused. Hindus again apologised on Wednesday and welcomed them to return their home.
However, there were heated arguments between the two sides during the talks before a solution was worked out. “During the partition of 1947, the elders from Hindus of this village never allowed us to flee to Pakistan,” Mulla Shabbir, an elder, said hinting towards the Hindus present in the meeting. “If they had to kill us, they would have finished us during the partition. But they never did this,” he said. Both sides hugged Shabbir for his words which broke the animosity of the last ten days between the two communities.
The ministers present at the meeting also announced that the mosque’s broken wall would be reconstructed and compensation would be provided to the victims from Haryana government. Both the sides later went to Ballabgarh city police station — where the Muslim families were camping for the last ten days.
The administration arranged three buses and all the families boarded the buses towards Atali village amid tight security arrangements. “Security has been intensified in the village after the families returned home,” said Subhash Yadav, commissioner of police, Faridabad.
Apart from the state police, jawans of the paramilitary forces have also been deployed in the village. On Monday, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and CPI (M) MP Tapan Sen visited Ballabgarh city police station demanding arrest of the accused in May 25 violence.
Later, BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi also visited Atali village. She lambasted state administration for ignoring the plight of Hindus in the village. She said many women belonging to Hindu community were also injured when the clashes took place.
On May 25, the violence in Atali began following a five-year dispute over the construction of a mosque. The mosque, adjacent to a temple, was torched and the Muslims of the village fled overnight.