STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

After fracas with Army, anger simmers among residents in Bengaluru

Locals pin hopes on court order for resolution of long-pending issue.

Published: 01st September 2017 09:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2017 09:43 AM   |  A+A-

The path to the mosque was blocked by Army personnel near Dinnur Road | Pushkar V

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Anger is still simmering among residents of Modi Garden after the fracas with Army officials on Wednesday. Locals have decided to wait for the court order though there is a lot of discontentment among them.

Notice pasted on the door of a house
located next to the mosque | Pushkar V

The residents’ anger stems from the fact that Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first instance of confrontation between the two parties. The impasse has been there for the past two years.
On Wednesday, residents of the locality had a face-off with personnel of the Parachute Regiment Training Centre (PRTC) after the latter blocked a pathway leading to a mosque on the disputed land by dumping heaps of mud. A verbal altercation soon escalated, and police had to resort to lathicharge against the locals. The path to the mosque was cleared on Wednesday evening.

About 30 families who live in a small pocket beside the PRTC land allege the PRTC officials have blocked the way to the main road from their locality, in violation of a court order.
H H Khan and his wife Rahmatunisa have been residents of the area for 45 years. They said the road was blocked after the attack on an Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Khan said, “Earlier, the main road was half a kilometre away, but now we have to traverse 3km to reach it.”Mohammed Amir’s family has stayed in the area for five generations now. He said entry to a temple in the area, where about 200 marriages were conducted a year earlier, has also been blocked. “There haven’t been any marriages there in the past 15 years,” he said.

Another flashpoint between the two sides on Wednesday was the fact that three families staying in quarters beside the mosque -- those of the imam, the muezzin and the caretaker -- were served eviction notices by the Army though the case is pending in court since 2000. The notices are still pasted on the doors of their homes.Anwar Khan, secretary of the Trust that manages the mosque, said Army personnel had disconnected water and electricity supply to the mosque. Ward councillor Sampathraj said he has been involved in a dialogue with the PRTC personnel for seven years regarding these issues, but nothing has come out of it.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
TAGS
Bengaluru

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp