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Peace in Hauz Qazi, people asked to ignore rumours

New Delhi: A day after the two communities came face to face with each other over a minor scuffle on the parking issue, the situation eased on Tuesday and both parties agreed to instil peace in the area.

The communal flare-up in Central Delhi's Hauz Qazi is being quelled by the deployment of police force and the mediation by elders of both the communities but the area is facing a new challenge now, fighting rumours.

Since, Sunday night when a man was assaulted by members of a different community over parking issue, rumours were spread that he was being lynched and has received fractures. Neither was true.

"We talked to one of the friends of the victim and we were told that he did not suffer any fracture. There were other minor injuries though. Secondly, wattsapp messages were circulated about temple eing burnt which is again false, vandalism has occurred though. Also, the rumours saying that some people entered Fatehpuri masjid and raised provocative slogans is also not true," said Irtiza Qureshi, a local resident and Founder of NGO Marham.

Fatehpuri Masjid Shahi Imam Mufti Muqarram has appealed to peole of both sides to maintain peace.

"Vandalism of the temple is matter of police inquiry, if the vandalism did happen it is the duty of the Muslims of the area to compensate the loss. The guilty should be brought to book. I appeal not to fall prey to rumours. It is better that the elders of the two communities sit togteher to ease the situation," Mufti Mukarram, Shahi Imam of Fathehpuri masjid said.

Meanwhile, police has arrested three in the case and is investigating the matter.

Police teams are also keeping a check on rumours and trying to identify the people who are spreading rumours on the wattsapp groups.

Harsh Vardhan visits the site, Sisodia appeals for peace

"It is very unfortunate and painful. The kind of thing done to the temple is unforgivable. I have been told that Police is already in action, culprits will be arrested soon and punished. I appeal to the people to maintain harmony," said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and BJP MP from Chandni Chowk, while visited Delhi's Hauz Qazi. Meanwhile, Delhi's Deputy CM has also appealed not to fall prey to rumours. "This is a test of our shared legacy, brotherhood, and mutual love. Some people are trying to give it a communal colour and spread hatred. I request all of you not to give heed to rumours and maintain peace and trust amongst each other. Delhi will win and hatred will lose, Jai Hind," Sisodia tweeted.

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