Mufti Mukarram Sahab, the Shahi Imam of Old Delhi’s Fatehpuri mosque, has condemned the acts of violence that led to the vandalisation of temple in Chawri Bazar area and has termed the incident as unfortunate.
A quarrel over parking on the evening of June 30 led to an altercation in old Delhi, with some unknown persons vandalising a temple later in the night.
In his appeal to maintain calm, Mukarram said, “Politics should not be played politics over such issues.”
Adding that the guilty should be punished.” Although the details on who damaged the temple property will be revealed after proper inquiry, I urge the Muslims and the members of the Residents’ Welfare Association of the area to come forward and make up for the losses incurred.” The Shahi Imam can be heard as saying in the video that is viral on social media.
He further said that politics is being played on the incident and that it should not happen. “Those who are behind the crime should be dealt strictly and action should be taken against them.” He said.
Mukarram also recalled incidents of violence that had taken place during Bharatiya Janata Party’s veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani’s “rath yatra” in 1990.” The shahi Imam of Fatehpuri mosque was hurt after he was stabbed, however we contained the violence. We sat together and sorted out the issue. People from both communities should sit down and settle down the issue rather than spewing venom against eachother.”
He said that despite the mosque being pelted with stones at that time, violence was contained through talks. The Shahi Imam suggested that people from different communities should talk their differences out.