The minor Hindu boy who had gone missing from Chandni Chowk on the night of Monday when the mob attack on Lal Kuan Durga temple took place, has safely returned back to his parents.
According to the boy, Keshav Saxena, he was attacked after the violent Muslim mob came to know about his religious affiliations. He was asked what his religion was and if he stayed in the locality and was attacked after he answered their questions. He says that a Muslim elder, who he doesn’t appear to recognize, intervened in the matter and managed to rescue him.
Meanwhile, a group of locals in old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk took to the streets on Tuesday, placards in hand, asking for peace and ‘resumption of normal business’ as tension gripped the area after a clash over a parking spot turned communal on Sunday night.
Jamshed Siddiqui, who was present in the meeting, said, “We have spoken to each other on the issue and decided that the ‘aman committee’ (peace committee) would bear the expenses to renovate the vandalised temple. We want peace in the area as it was earlier. We condemn the incident and the culprits, who have vandalised the temple, must be punished.”
The meeting was also attended by Tara Chand Saxena of the ‘aman’ committee.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said the residents decided that the culprits must be punished. “Everybody will live peacefully and the market will be opened from Wednesday,” he added.