Photos: A year later, revisiting spots that were hit hard during the Delhi riots

  • Revisiting the scenes of violence during the north-east Delhi riots, in which 53 people were killed and at least 581 were injured. The clash snowballed into full-fledged Hindu-Muslim rioting between February 23 and 27 in parts of north-east Delhi. The following month, even as the country came to grips with the Covid-19 pandemic, Delhi Police started what would be one of the longest and most controversial investigations in recent years.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST 14 Photos
1 / 14
A view of shops that were burnt outside the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar, New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.(Amal KS / HT Archive)

A view of shops that were burnt outside the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar, New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.(Amal KS / HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
2 / 14
A year after the Delhi riots, a scene from outside Badi Masjid, Ashok Nagar, New Delhi, where some shops have reopened.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A year after the Delhi riots, a scene from outside Badi Masjid, Ashok Nagar, New Delhi, where some shops have reopened.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
3 / 14
At around 1pm on February 25, 2020, a mob stormed the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar, and torched it.( Amal KS / HT Archive)

At around 1pm on February 25, 2020, a mob stormed the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar, and torched it.( Amal KS / HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
4 / 14
A year later, the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar — built over 400 square yards in this neighbourhood with a low Muslim population — is being reconstructed from scratch. The local Hindu population has offered to support rebuilding the mosque — both financially and physically. Rebuilding the trust between the two communities, however, has not been easy. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

A year later, the Maula Baksh Masjid in Ashok Nagar — built over 400 square yards in this neighbourhood with a low Muslim population — is being reconstructed from scratch. The local Hindu population has offered to support rebuilding the mosque — both financially and physically. Rebuilding the trust between the two communities, however, has not been easy. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
5 / 14
A passer-by looks at an abandoned body lying in a nullah at Brahampuri in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.(Amal KS/ HT Archive)

A passer-by looks at an abandoned body lying in a nullah at Brahampuri in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.(Amal KS/ HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
6 / 14
A year later in Karawal Nagar, a view of the other end of the nullah as shown in the previous photograph from Brahampuri.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A year later in Karawal Nagar, a view of the other end of the nullah as shown in the previous photograph from Brahampuri.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
7 / 14
A view of a tyre shop that was gutted in the Delhi riots at Gokulpuri in New Delhi last year. (Biplov Bhuyan/ HT Archive)

A view of a tyre shop that was gutted in the Delhi riots at Gokulpuri in New Delhi last year. (Biplov Bhuyan/ HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
8 / 14
A year later, the tyre market in Gokulpuri, New Delhi. “Many shopkeepers here lost all their businesses built over years and decades. We now have to work seven days a week and longer hours to even attempt a recovery,” said the market’s vice president, Mohammad Rashid.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A year later, the tyre market in Gokulpuri, New Delhi. “Many shopkeepers here lost all their businesses built over years and decades. We now have to work seven days a week and longer hours to even attempt a recovery,” said the market’s vice president, Mohammad Rashid.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
9 / 14
A view of the parking lot in Shiv Vihar where vehicles were burnt during the Delhi riots in February 2020. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Archive)

A view of the parking lot in Shiv Vihar where vehicles were burnt during the Delhi riots in February 2020. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
10 / 14
Until last year, this 400 square yards area was a parking lot. It was set on fire by rioters during the communal clashes. 45 cars were parked in the garage. They were all gutted. Now it is a banquet hall in Shiv Vihar.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

Until last year, this 400 square yards area was a parking lot. It was set on fire by rioters during the communal clashes. 45 cars were parked in the garage. They were all gutted. Now it is a banquet hall in Shiv Vihar.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
11 / 14
In what became an iconic image of the Delhi riots last year, members of a wedding procession are seen walking on a road littered with debris and damaged vehicles, while smoke rises in the background at Karawal Nagar.(Biplov Bhuyan/ HT Archive)

In what became an iconic image of the Delhi riots last year, members of a wedding procession are seen walking on a road littered with debris and damaged vehicles, while smoke rises in the background at Karawal Nagar.(Biplov Bhuyan/ HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
12 / 14
A general view of Karawal Nagar, a year after the 2020 Delhi riots.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A general view of Karawal Nagar, a year after the 2020 Delhi riots.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
13 / 14
Outside the metro station, a road full of stones and debris resulting from the clashes between rioters in Maujpur, New Delhi in February last year. The stretch that connects Jaffrabad metro station to Maujpur-Babarpur metro station witnessed heavy stone pelting, tear gas shells, and the looting or burning of shops.(Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)

Outside the metro station, a road full of stones and debris resulting from the clashes between rioters in Maujpur, New Delhi in February last year. The stretch that connects Jaffrabad metro station to Maujpur-Babarpur metro station witnessed heavy stone pelting, tear gas shells, and the looting or burning of shops.(Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
14 / 14
A view of the Maujpur Babarpur metro station area, a year after. While the buildings and houses have been reconstructed and repainted, the concrete fence on the road divider was never reconstructed. A grim reminder of the violence in 2020.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A view of the Maujpur Babarpur metro station area, a year after. While the buildings and houses have been reconstructed and repainted, the concrete fence on the road divider was never reconstructed. A grim reminder of the violence in 2020.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
SHARE
Story Saved