While heavy police deployment at BK Dutt Colony ensured no new outbreak of violence, the situation remained tense a day after violence broke out near Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, better known as the Jor Bagh karbala, on Saturday.
Both the management of the karbala and the residents alleged that the clash, which subsided by midnight, was “planned” and part of a ‘larger conspiracy’.
On Sunday, checkposts were erected around the colony and on Jor Bagh Road. Police said they were keeping a record of names and phone numbers of people going into the colony.
Meanwhile, residents of the colony and members of Anjuman-e-Haideri — the trust responsible for the upkeep of the venerated Shia site — traded allegations. Both claimed that the other had instigated the violence, which was a “conspiracy” to illegally seize the land.
The only point of agreement was the allegation that police hadn’t intervened in the violence.
On Sunday, Anjuman-e-Haideri alleged that the violence had been planned to derail ongoing talks with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh ahead of Muharram, which will begin on October 24.
“We had presented a memorandum to Rajnath Singh, demanding the construction of a boundary wall to demarcate the Waqf land that has been encroached upon. We were assured that action would be taken after the Assembly elections,” Syed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, said.
Residents alleged that Anjuman-e-Haideri was lying to mislead police. “They have encroached upon government land and when we protested, they started pelting stones at us,” Sudhir Mahajan of BK Dutt Colony Vikas Samiti said.
“We are looking into the matter and have deployed more personnel,” a police officer said.