For over three decades, 67-year-old Manori called a two-storey building in Northeast Delhi's Bhagirathi Vihar her home.
Since February 2020, however, the structure has undergone a makeover, with the red bricks outside giving way to a coat of blue and saffron flower patterns adorning the walls. Underneath the fresh coat of paint, though, are old scars — of her home being set ablaze during the riots.
On February 25, a mob of over 100 barged into the house and set it ablaze. Manori escaped with her daughter and two grandchildren, and spent the next month in a relative's home.
When The Indian Express spoke to Manori on Tuesday, she was unaware of the development. "The punishment has been given but I don't know if I should feel happy," she said. “I don't feel safe here. I still remember the day I ran out of my house with just one pair of clothes, clutching my daughter's hands, running barefoot for my life. We lost everything that day. I still have nightmares of rioters outside. Pyaar mar gaya uss din, dil dukhta hai (love died that day, my heart still aches)."
With resident doctors at some Centre-run hospitals already on strike, the health crisis in the city could aggravate further as doctors under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have also threatened to stage a stir.
Resident doctors of three Centre-run hospitals boycotted routine and emergency services starting Monday over delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling. The services at RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital have been affected because of the protests.
A 46-year-old man is suspected to have died of cold in Delhi’s Narela area on Tuesday. Police said the man, who worked at a rice mill, was sleeping on the footpath and was found dead in the morning.
The deceased, Harinarayan Yadav, hailed from Darbhanga, Bihar and lived alone in Delhi.
Brijendra Yadav, DCP (Outer North), said, “We received a PCR call around 9 am about a body lying near the Narela-Bawana road. The man had died of cold. There were no visible injuries. His phone and Aadhaar card were found in his pocket.”