A mob allegedly vandalised a temple located in Hauz Qazi area of Chandni Chowk in the national capital of Delhi. A clash broke out between two groups over the issue of parking, and a temple was allegedly vandalised on Sunday night.
Following the incident, Union Minister and Chandni Chowk lawmaker, Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Tuesday morning visited Hauz Qazi area:
"It is very unfortunate and painful. The kind of things done to the temple is unforgivable. I have been told that Police is already in action, culprits will be arrested soon and punished. I appeal to the people to maintain harmony," Harsh Vardhan said.
Security has been tightened in the area. Three people, including a juvenile, have been arrested over the matter. The Delhi Police have registered three FIRs in this case - two cross FIRs, one lodged by each community, and one for vandalising the temple. FIR has been filed by priest of temple Durga Mandir and cross FIR by cops.
VHP leader Alok Kumar also met the Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik demanding proper investigation, search of a 14 year old boy who has been missing since the night. VHP is also said to carry-out a Shobha Yatra in Hauz Quazi area .The police with the paramilitary force are deployed in the area.
Apart from temple desecration, stones were also pelted in the area leading to a tense situation.
Speaking to media BJP leader Vijay Goel said: "Cases will be registered against those who have attacked Durga mata temple, Police has already arrested 3 people.
"After some altercation & scuffle over a parking issue in Hauz Qazi, tension arose between two groups of people from different communities.We have taken legal action & all efforts are being made to pacify feelings &bring about amity. People are requested to help in restoring normalcy," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Delhi had tweeted yesterday.
Meanwhile, Group of locals in Chandni Chowk come out on streets with placards asking for 'peace' and 'resumption of normal business' in the area.