Agra’s new monument of harmony
While a group of people in the Hindu-dominated Dhakran area prevented a mosque from being damaged, Muslim elders a few hundred yards away ensured that a temple was not harmed, reports Jatin Gandhi.india Updated: Aug 31, 2007 02:38 IST
Had it not been for a few good men, Wednesday’s violence in Agra would have spiralled out of control. The police said these men acted just as things were threatening to take a communal turn, and saved the city from shame.
While a group of people in the Hindu-dominated Dhakran area prevented a mosque from being damaged, Muslim elders a few hundred yards away ensured that a temple was not harmed.
Violence erupted in the Dhakran crossing area in the morning after word spread that a temple had been attacked. A group of young men who had gathered outside their homes began throwing stones at the Nai Ki Mandi mosque. Then someone tried to set it on fire. “When someone hurled a burning bottle at the mosque gate, we quickly got together and stopped the boys from causing any more damage,” said Man Singh Dhakar, a businessman in Subhash Park.
The mosque gate and outer wall are now being repaired and painted. Water for the repairs is being supplied from the Chamunda Devi Temple that stands next to the mosque. Hari Ram Sharma, SSP Agra, told HT: “Just as the Hindus saved the mosque, Muslim elders prevented a temple in the Subash Park area from being attacked. These men on both sides have set an example without which the violence could have taken a communal turn.”