Hindutva Groups Target Haj House in Dwarka, Call it ‘Terrorism in Our Peaceful Area’
More than 1,000 people gathered in response to a call given Friday by Hindu right-wing organisations to protest against the construction of Delhi’s first Haj house at Dwarka’s Bharthal Chowk in the west of the national capital.
The project had been envisioned in 2008 by Delhi’s then chief minister Sheila Dikshit. With roughly 20,000 pilgrims going on Haj every year, Delhi is the largest departure point for the pilgrimage in the country. Dikshit had laid the foundation stone of the Haj house and allotted a plot for it measuring around 5,000 square metres in Dwarka’s Sector 22….
Though work on the building has still not begun, radical Hindu right-wing groups are protesting against its construction, claiming it would “disturb” the peace of the area. Friday’s protest, or “mahapanchayat” against the construction of the Haj house was organised by several groups, including Hindu Shakti Sangathan, Samast Chetra Vaasi, Sampoorn Dehat and Federation of Dwarka….