‘We lost a bro’: Hindu, Muslim families in Delhi share grief

‘We lost a bro’: Hindu, Muslim families in Delhi share grief

New Delhi, India – Saddar-Ud-Din had been awaiting his kid’s body at the Expert Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital because Monday night. His 32- year-old kid Mohammad Furqan was killed by Hindu mob in the Kardam Puri area of northeast New Delhi.

He was among lots of individuals who waited on Wednesday outside the mortuary at the GTB health center to receive the bodies of their family members.


The death toll on Thursday reached 34 in the worst religious violence to have actually struck India’s capital in decades, with the authorities, in lots of instances, implicated of siding with Hindus and versus Muslims.

Around 3: 15 pm on Wednesday, Furqan’s body, covered in shrouds, was drawn out on a stretcher and handed to his household.

” Furqan passed away on Monday and ever since we were waiting for his body,” 64- year-old Din told Al Jazeera.

Din alleged that his boy, who operated in the family handcrafts service in Kardam Puri, was shot in his leg and abdominal area by Hindu rioters around 4pm on Monday, barely 150 metres from his home.

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‘The body of a guy eliminated in the
violence rests on a strecher outside GTB Healthcare facility’s mortuary[Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera]


Furqan, a dad of two, had actually headed out to bring food items for his kids when he was shot by a mob amid chants of” Jai Shri Ram” or Hail Lord Ram, his household stated.


Din said witnesses told him that Furqan dropped after being shot, and then the mob beat him with sticks.

” He lay on the road for almost half an hour before he might be hurried to the medical facility in an auto-rickshaw. That caused substantial blood loss and ultimately to his death,” he said.

‘ This is like1984 anti-Sikh riots’

Din, who likewise resides in the blended, working-class Kardam Puri area, told Al Jazeera that the violence unfolding in the capital advised him of the1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, in which more than 3,000 members of the minority Sikh neighborhood were eliminated.

” Hindus and Muslims have actually been living in harmony for years in the location. I have actually not seen such a circumstance in years. This is like1984when Sikhs were massacred. Today it’s the Muslims,” he stated.


Countless people have been showing for weeks over a controversial new citizenship legislation, gone by President Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government, that makes it much easier for non-Muslims- but not Muslims -from neighbouring nations to get Indian citizenship.

The violence emerged on Sunday after groups of Hindus attacked tranquil sit-ins arranged by Muslims against the citizenship law, or Citizenship Modification Act( CAA).

Critics say the legislation passed last December is against the secular values of the officially secular nation of 1.3 billion people.

Leaders from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), however, have actually damned protesters, calling them “anti-nationals” and “traitors”.

The violence was set off a day after BJP leader Kapil Mishra warned Muslims to end their sit-ins in Maujpur near Jaffrabad metro station or face his supporters’ wrath.

” 3 days’ final notice for Delhi Cops – clear the roadways in Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh. After this, we won’t listen to you,” he stated in a video posted on his Twitter account.

Saddar-Ud-Din’s son was eliminated in the violence[Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera]

Delhi’s city federal government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, called for the army to be deployed following reports that police looked the other way as Muslims’ homes, stores and mosques were set ablaze.

There were no reports of violence on Thursday but local media reported that many individuals left the violence-affected areas on Wednesday.

Videos shared on social networks showed cops taunting and abusing hurt Muslims, and in some cases, cops were seen smashing a CCTV cam in a violence-affected area.

Delhi Cops fall under the central government’s House Ministry.

India’s Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court on Wednesday expressed frustration over the actions of Delhi Police.

” We can not have another 1984 under the watch of this court and under the watch of all of you,” Justice S Murlidhar said on Wednesday.

Late that night, Justice Murlidhar was transferred from the Delhi High Court to the northern Punjab state.

Abdul Samad, 21, was going to night prayers on Tuesday when a Hindu mob, carrying stones and sticks, assaulted his mosque in the Mustafabad location.

” They set the mosque on fire, got in the prayer hall and desecrated it. People who were hoping within were beaten really badly,” Samad told Al Jazeera at GTB Health Center.

Samad who had several injuries consisting of to his left eye, was required to Al Hind Medical Facility in Mustafabad and later on described GTB Medical facility.

” We have been peacefully protesting against the CAA in the Mustafabad area for last 70 days. No violence took place,” he informed Al Jazeera.

” The violence started just after Kapil Misra led the pro-CAA rally in the area and made provocative statements,” he stated, including that the rioters appeared to have come from outside. “They were not regional Hindus,” he claimed.

Abdul Samad sitting outside the GTB Health center’s emergency department[Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera][Al Jazeera]


Rahul Solanki,26, who worked in a marketing company, was shot in the neck on Monday evening as he left his home to go shopping, his younger brother told Al Jazeera outside the GTB Hospital mortuary, where the household was waiting for his body.

” My bro was killed by a Muslim mob when he went out to buy milk,” said Rohit Solanki,24

” The situation in the location was tense considering that Monday afternoon. My daddy called several cops authorities considering that 2pm to visit the location as the situation may turn communal however they didn’t react,” he alleged.” Had police begun time, my sibling would have lived today.”

Solanki stated that he has been living in Mustafabad, a Muslim-dominated location, all his life and also said he had never ever experienced any displeasure between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

” I’ve never seen any issue between Hindus and Muslims in our area. We always resided in common harmony however I can tell you with guarantee that the rioters were not local Muslims. They were outsiders,” Solanki said.

On Wednesday, as Rahul’s body was drawn out on the stretcher from the mortuary, 4 of his friends in their 20 s, including 2 females, broke down. They were heartbroken.

One, Mohammad Shahbaz Alam, cried and hugged his buddy, Vikas, over the loss of Solanki.

” We were not simply associates. All of us were a household,” Alam informed Al Jazeera.

” In this Hindu-Muslim politics, we both lost a sibling in Rahul [Solanki],” stated Vikas, as tears rolled down his face.

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