A bittersweet Eid for Jamia Nagar residents
Residents of Jamia Nagar will not celebrate Eid. This is their way of showing support to Nisar’s family, which is yet to come to terms with the arrest of one of its members in connection with the Delhi blasts, reports Ritika Chopra.delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2008 00:14 IST
Residents of a cul-de-sac in Abul Fazal enclave in Jamia Nagar will not celebrate Eid this Thursday. This is their way of showing support to Nisar Ahmed Azmi’s family, which is yet to come to terms with the arrest of one of its members — Saquib Nisar — in connection with the Delhi serial blasts.
This mood is not confined to Azmi’s neighbourhood, but finds an echo in other parts of Jamia Nagar as well. Eid celebration, for residents here, therefore, will be a bittersweet experience.
While Azmi’s neighbours have shunned revelry, those acquainted with Zia-ur-Rehman, another arrested suspect who lived in Jogabai, will wear black headbands while reading namaaz on Thursday.
“We are deeply pained by the humiliation that Zia’s family is going through. I know he has been wrongly accused. I, along with a few more people living here, will wear black headbands to express disappointment with the recent turn of events,” said Mohammad Shahzad, who owns a store in Jogabai.
Mohammad Yaqub, Imam of Khalilullah Masjid in Batla house, is aware of this call for people to symbolically demonstrate their anger and disappointment. “Yes, I know of the call for people to wear black headgear, but the mosque has nothing to do with it. Our message to those gathered for namaaz on Thursday would be a request for calm and peace,” he said.
Even those unaffected by the events of September 19 are feeling cagey. While several students residing here left for their home a week or two earlier, some families in Jamia Nagar have discouraged their children studying or working in other parts of the country from coming home this Eid.
“My sons are pursuing BTech in Allahabad. While the younger one has come home, we’ve convinced the other one to stay back. The atmosphere here is tense and the police are randomly picking up boys for interrogation. We wanted him to stay away from all this,” said a teacher of Jamia Millia Islamia University.