An area called Khaspura in Shahganj, Agra (Uttar Pradesh) saw a communal clash around 2nd of April over construction of a temple gate. The man who was handling the construction of the temple gate was beaten, pushed around by Muslim community members, because of which he got a serious injury on his head. After this, both communities collected and police had to intervene to avoid further scuffle.
It should be noted that incendiary speeches were made from mosque speakers leading a clique of minority group throng the place sloganeering, which in result fired up the already existing tension. Police has somehow controlled the conflict and police force has been deputed in the area.
This is a temple dedicated to lord Shiva and lord Hanuman. Six months ago, some miscreants stole away the temple idols. After the temple idols got replaced, there was a plan to construct gates to the temple. One of the gates faces the main road, the other one faces the alley. When the gate facing the alley was being constructed, a minority community family living in the alley took objection and it soon escalated into a communal conflict.
The scuffle traces its origin back to the time of election when police had prohibited the construction of temple gate but only couple of weeks ago, the minority family living in the alley had built a gate for themselves which instigated the people to question the discriminatory nature of prohibition.
This incident brings to the fore the role of mosque speakers in escalating communal conflicts. The news has been covered in detail by Dainik Jagran / hindi media, but has gone unreported in mainstream English media, unlike the news of Dadri incident :
As per this news, the exact place where the temple is located, this colony was created by two brothers, Karan Singh & Gendalal, 100 years back. They had this huge piece of land for which they sought approval from the then administration / collector for in-habitation. Gradually, people started living here.
The women of the area are upset over not being allowed to construct temple gate, and are continuously doing kirtan there as a mark of protest. The way police seems to react in such issues, their first instinct is to suppress the matter by trying to bring about a ‘compromise’. Their job should be to uphold the law fairly. Is the police scared of the mob violence potential of minority community?
This also contradicts the myth of so called Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb. In this case a minority family in majority Hindu area prevented the temple gate construction and created a potential communal conflict.
It is sad tale that Hindus are not able to lead their own way of life even in Hindu majority area. This calls for attention from all civilized sections of society, not just Hindu vigilantes.
(Featured Image Credit : Dainik Jagran)