Communal Protest in Delhi Against Proposed Hajj House

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Protest against Hajj House in Delhi Pic: Ismat Ara/TheWire

Thousands of people have swarmed up to protest over a land allotment for a construction of Hajj House in Delhi’s Dwaraka on Friday. More than 5000 people have gathered demanding the cancellation of allotment of land.

The throng includes members of Khap Panchayat, BJP members, locals and other outfit such as the Sampoorna Dehat and the Hindu Shakti Sangathan. An open mic stage has been installed at the protest site where people are speaking against the Hajj House and Jai Sree Ram slogan was roaring.

Protestors carried placards that read, “Hajj House nhi banega yahan”, “Hindu Ekta”, and “Haj House hi kyun? School, college, hospital kyun nahi?”

A local resident federation had earlier written to Lt governor Anil Baijal, who also preside the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) requesting him to cancel the land allotment for the Hajj House.

“There is a strong apprehension that brotherhood, harmony and peace in the society, apart from law and order, will be disturbed if the said Haj House is allowed to be constructed in Dwarka and, furthermore, there will be every possibility of riots, migration of Hindus, and repetition of situation like Shaheen Bagh, Jafrabad and Kashmir.”

Delhi BJP state president Adesh Gupta, also opposed the allotment. He questioned the Delhi government in his tweet, “There is a shortage of schools, colleges & hospitals. Instead of building them, the Delhi Govt is supporting a particular community for political gains.The Haj House coming up is against the wishes of people & we’re with villagers of these 360 Khap Panchayats.”

An FIR has been registered against the unidentified people, in connection with the protest against the allotment of Hajj House in Delhi’s Dwaraka. FIR registered for flouting of DDMA Act pertaining to violation of COVID guidelines, news agency ANI confirmed.

Videos from the protest site show that people engaged in the communal protest against the land allotment are allegedly spewing hatred against Muslims. One of the speaker can be heard saying that the locals only will decide what to do with the land, but the Hajj house will surely not be built.

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