Muslims Offer Prayers at the Site of Demolished Delhi Mosque
After a few hours of normalcy Thursday, a crowd of over 100 men and women gathered at the site of a mosque in south Delhi that was demolished as an illegal structure a day earlier. They offered prayers and shouted slogans against the authorities
Heavy security comprising the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Delhi Police personnel had been stationed at Jangpura, as the area had seen protests and stone pelting Wednesday following the demolition by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
On Thursday, the angry crowd continued to demand rebuilding of the mosque and the security forces, sensing a volatile situation, blocked the road between Jangpura and Ashram as a preventive measure.
DDA demolished the mosque, which had been illegally built on government land. More than 1,000 protesters had gathered outside the Hazrat Nizamuddin police station and in the Jangpura area Wednesday and blocked roads, demanding reconstruction of the structure.
The protests prompted police to use force and tear gas.
All shops in the area were closed. Traffic was hit in south Delhi Wednesday leading to diversions in other areas.
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