Policemen trying to douse a fire following Wednesday’s clashes between two groups in the Saunkh area of Mathura
Tension and fear gripped the holy city of Mathura after a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy eloped from Kosi Kalan on Saturday.
The Saunkh area of the district, where the duo come from, is reeling under a curfew-like situation.
More than 50 families have locked their houses in the area and left the place, fearing violence.
The lovers had been missing since Friday. However, on Saturday, the police found the girl, who hails from Sahajua-Thok locality, and the boy Mohammad Naeem, a resident of Muslim Mandi, from Kosi Kalan.
The police had to let the duo off after members of the Muslim community surrounded them and pelted stones. Since then, an eerie silence has engulfed the area.
The situation was aggravated when members of the Hindu community convened a panchayat in Sahajua-Thok on Wednesday and called upon the police to find the girl…
…As more people joined the mob, some of them attacked two religious places. While the police rushed to Muslim Mandi, another group of youths attacked some more houses in the neighbouring areas and ransacked a minority education institute.
Meanwhile, the state government has shifted Manjil Saini, SSP from Mathura, to Etawah. Rakesh Singh, Etawah SSP, has been sent to Mathura. The police have also shifted a large number of women and children of the locality to other areas.
A huge paramilitary and police force have been deployed there…
Note to hopey-changey dreamers: why do you assume that the floods of immigrants from vastly different cultures are going to ‘assimilate’? It is more likely that we will become like the places they came from.
It is hard to find photos. Apparently there were riots in 2012 and they dominate the search results. But the riots weren’t large enough to create Wiki page (I looked only in English).
Let’s see how well diversity works in Mathura, India: