Fuming over the continuous media coverage and frequent visits by politicians after the lynching of Mohammad Ikhlaq on September 28, residents of Bisada village in Dadri on Wednesday requested media and politicians not to enter the village any more.
At a peace committee meeting chaired by Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate NP Singh, the headmen of Bisada and nearby villages said residents of their villages want a normal life, which is not possible if the media and politicians continue to throng the area.
They also said they needed some time for self-reflection in the light of what happened.
“I want to thank the mediapersons on behalf of my village for the support they have shown to deceased Ikhlaq’s family. But now the coverage must come to an end and politicians should also stay away from the village,” said Sanjay Rana, headman of Bisada village.
“Our villages are small and we have never seen such things before. People are getting irritated as their routine life is suffering,” Rana said.
Headman of nearby Patadi village, Ram Bhoj, said the residents of this communally-sensitive area need some time to think about what they should do.
“If the media, politicians and policemen continue to camp near our village, when will we get a time for self-reflection? Those who are covering the incident have hardly ever been to our village before Ikhlaq’s murder, so they can never understand what our villages are,” he added.“Murders are very rare in this area. They must realise that we live a slow and peaceful life and are not used to such chaos,” Bhoj said.
Talking about politicians’ visits, Jarcha village headman Ehsan said normalcy will return only after political parties realise the sensitive nature of the incident.“None of the leaders of political parties have come to us urging for peace. All they want is to polarise us. They want Hindus to fear Muslims and vice-versa and then they will never return. They will only divide us. We need time to think about communal harmony in our area,” Ehsan said.