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Delhi’s Increasing Mosque Demolitions Spark Community Outcry

Delhi’s Increasing Mosque Demolitions Spark Community Outcry

Tensions flared in northwest Delhi’s Mangolpuri area on Tuesday morning as parts of a mosque were demolished by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) due to alleged illegal encroachment. The demolition drive, which began at 6 am, was met with protests from local residents.

The MCD, accompanied by local police and a company of paramilitary personnel, arrived at Mangolpuri’s Y block to carry out the demolition. The action was reportedly based on a complaint lodged by Hindutva leader Preet Sirohi, who had previously filed a similar complaint leading to the demolition of another mosque in Bhavana.

As news of the demolition spread, locals gathered at the site to voice their opposition. Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Jimmy Chiram stated, “Some people objected to the demolition, but the situation is now under control.” He added that the drive was temporarily halted after demolishing a few walls, as some parts of the structure required heavy machinery for removal.
This demolition follows a pattern of similar actions against allegedly illegal religious structures in Delhi. The MCD has not yet provided an official statement regarding the situation, leaving many in the community anxious about potential further developments.

The incident highlights the ongoing challenges of minority communities and addressing alleged demolition drives over masjids, while also navigating Hindutva hatred in India’s diverse capital city.