In Riot-Hit Jahangirpuri, Kalibari Temple Razes Own Gate Amid Demolition, Says Harmony Same

| Updated: 22 April, 2022 1:24 pm IST


NEW DELHI: Two days after the Supreme Court stayed the demolition drive by North Delhi Municipal Corporation in riot-hit Jahangirpuri, a temple committee in the area has gone ahead and removed part of the shrine on alleged encroached land on their own.

Shree Shree Kalibari Mandir is situated in the same neighbourhood of the C-block where an encroached portion of a mosque had been earlier removed by the municipal corporation during the anti-encroachment drive.

The head of the temple committee confirmed that chipped off a portion of the temple — a channel gate which was installed for security purposes.—  believed to be on the land belonging to the civic authority.

“We were ready for the demolition drive before the  Supreme Court put a stay on it. However, we have decided to remove the extra part of the temple on our own. It was installed for security reasons,” Birendra Kumar, head of the Shree Shree Kalibari Mandir Nirman Samiti, told The New Indian.

Kumar maintained that neither he nor the Samiti was under any pressure over this move.

“We removed the extra part on our own because this is the oldest temple in Jahangirpuri and it is a place run by the donation from the public. If the bulldozer would have tried to demolish the extra part, then there was a chance that the temple might have got damaged. So, we joined hands with locals and removed the extra portion on our own.”

Kumar believed that demolition will not affect their ties with members of the Muslim community in the area.

“Both the communities have lived here together in harmony. We celebrate each other’s festivals with equal gusto. We send sweets to them during Diwali while they send us sweets during Eid. I don’t think there is any anger or jealousy and we are looking forward to celebrating the Eid with them,” Kumar added.

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