Tension at Karbala Maidan
TENSION PREVAILED at Karbala near Collectorate when some Dharma Raksha Samiti activists, reportedly belonging to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), objected to members of the minority community erecting corrugated tin sheets at the Dargah at Karbala Maidan this evening.india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 00:51 IST
TENSION PREVAILED at Karbala near Collectorate when some Dharma Raksha Samiti activists, reportedly belonging to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), objected to members of the minority community erecting corrugated tin sheets at the Dargah at Karbala Maidan this evening.
As news spread that corrugated tin sheets (steel chaadar) had been raised at the Dargah at Karbala Maidan as part of preparations for Muharram that falls on February 9, activists reportedly belonging to RSS gathered on the spot and demanded immediate removal of the sheets.
The activists also threatened that they would construct a Hanuman Temple at the disputed site if the sheets were not removed immediately.
However, the situation was brought under control due to timely intervention of the administration and police. On getting information of the mounting tension in the area, a large number of senior officials, led by ADM Manish Singh and ASP Dharmendra Choudhary, reached the spot and talked to both parties. While the activists were adamant that the 30-40 sheets should be removed immediately, the Muslims declined to concede.
The officials were finally able to get the sheets removed from the Dargah following which the RSS activists also withdrew their decision to construct a Hanuman Temple at the site.
Karbala Maidan has been a flashpoint between the two communities for the past several years. While Muslims claim that the Maidan is a religious place for them, Hindus say that a Hanuman temple had existed at the site for several decades. During Muharram every year, the Muslim community’s Sarkari Tazia concludes at Karbala and a three-day fair is held to mark the occasion.
For past several years, Hindu organisations have been opposing this and trying to put a stop to it. The case finally went to the courts, which ordered the maintenance of status quo.
Dharma Raksha Samiti spokesman Suresh Bajaj alleged that the minority community was trying to disturb communal harmony in the City.
“Their intentions are suspect, as the entire administration and police are under pressure due to developments at Bhojshala in Dhar. They have done this on the eve of Basant Panchami in order to create tension in the City and defame Hindu organisations,’’ Bajaj said.
Later, the Dharma Raksha Samiti members went to the Juni Indore police station and filed a complaint against the minority community members for creating tension in the area. Bajaj said the Samiti members would meet District Collector Vivek Aggarwal tomorrow to find a permanent solution to the issue to avoid further tension.