Cattle fodder sheds torched amid peace talks in Atali

  • Prabhu Razdan, Hindustan Times, Atali
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 09:34 IST

On the ninth day of communal violence in Atali village, reports of torching of cattle fodder sheds poured in. But this time, the victims were Hindus, who lodged a complaint with the police on Tuesday.

Even as peace talks between the two communities continued on Tuesday, Prithla legislator Tek Chand Sharma, who was also at the meeting, claimed that some Muslim families agreed to return home by Wednesday.

Reports said some unidentified persons torched cattle fodder sheds belonging to two Hindu families of Atali village late on Monday night. The victims lodged report with the Chhinsa police station, which has registered case. “We are investigating the case,” said Chhinsa station house officer Preetpal Singh, identifying one the latest victims as Narender of Atali village.

Meanwhile, security has been intensified in the Ballabgarh police station where the Muslim families are living and also at Atali village where the Rapid Action Force has been deployed after the communal violence.

As visitors come to meet Muslim families, the police have started recording their details at the main entrance of the police station. Police sources said that sometimes visitors outnumber the victims and those who want to visit the police station for lodging complaints find it difficult in view of the huge rush.

“The families feel safe at the police station and a massive security cover has been given to them,” Faridabad commissioner of police Subhash Yadav said. The law will its own course in the Atali violence incident as an FIR already stands registered against the accused, he added.

“We held peace talks again with the two communities on Tuesday where we made it clear that they will be paid compensation for the damages and also the mosque issue will be sorted out once they return to the village,” said the MLA. He said some of the Muslim families agreed to return village by Wednesday.

On Monday, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and CPI (M) MP Tapan Sen visited the Ballabgarh city police station demanding the arrest of the accused in the May 25 violence. The MPs also said they would raise this issue in Parliament.

Later during night, BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi visited Atali village. She lambasted the state administration for ignoring plight of Hindus in the village. She said many women belonging to the Hindu community were also injured on May 25 when the clashes took place.

Faridabad deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal held several rounds of meetings with the two communities on Monday.

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