Forty-eight hours after the worst day’s violence in Trilokpuri, two versions of the same set of events that started the troubles continue to rankle divided communities and keep the police on the defensive.
The sister of the muezzin of the mosque, which is at the centre of many accusations, told Newsline on Monday that it was the prolonged inconvenience of the mata ki chowki that angered local Muslims.
Hindu residents of Block 20 had taken permission from the police for setting up the chowki after clearing a common garbage dump. A Hindu resident living in one of the bigger houses here did not like that the place was used by Muslims for disposing of rubbish.
When the residents set up the chowki, it was meant to be there for only 10 days. However, the muezzin’s sister Saida said, when the residents said the makeshift jagran venue would stand there for a month longer, Muslim residents got angry, having difficulty in clearing their household garbage.
On Diwali, a group of three Muslim boys invited two Hindu friends over to drink with them. When they got drunk, they got into a brawl which brought people out of their homes, Saida said. When people tried to maintain calm and inquired who had started the fight, the names of the boys were revealed.
Virender Singh, a resident of Block 20 who set up the chowki with the help of other youths in the area said: “Yes, we cleared the ground as were inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. When we saw the measure was helping the area remain clean, we decided to let the Chowki be for another 30 days. This irritated the Muslim residents. Then, a youth drank alcohol and desecrated the chowki, which angered us.