25 Feb 2020 Delhi: Akhtar Raza, the BJP’s minority cell vice-president for the Delhi Northeast district said “They were chanting slogans with religious overtones. Around 7pm, they started throwing stones at us. I called for police help. But the police asked me to leave. We managed to flee before they burnt my house and destroyed everything,”
“There are 19 houses of Muslims in this lane. All of them have been identified and burnt. The rioters were from outside. But some local residents identified the houses of Muslims,” Raza said.
Six motorcycles and all the belongings in the house were burnt down, he said. A few meters away, the homes of two of Raza’s uncles were torched.
Raza has been associated with the BJP for the past five years. “Nobody from the BJP contacted me (after the riots). There was no phone call. There was no relief or special treatment or anything,” Raza said.
Raza had called some party leaders who were “positive”. He continues to be associated with the BJP.“I am related to the BJP. Maybe I will continue,” Raza said.
Nabeel Ahmad, an auto-rickshaw driver, said he had on Sunday got his vehicle on the roads for the first time since the violence broke out on Monday. Ahmad, a resident of Mustafabad, said there were 50 temples in the locality. Not one of them has been touched. However, four mosques have been vandalised. He said the colony had come up in the past 30 years but had never before seen such communal conflict.