Thousands Of Dalits Hit The Streets Of Delhi Protesting Against The Demolition Of Ravidas Temple

The Logical Indian Crew Delhi

August 21st, 2019 / 7:13 PM

Dalits Ravidas Protests Delhi

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A week after the demolition of the Ravidas temple in the Tughlakabad region of Delhi, people from Dalit organisations took to streets to protest. The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramilan Maidan on August 21 was crowded with Bhim Army raising voice against the demolition of the temple. The march of the protestors was headed to the site where the demolition took place.

Bhima Sena chief Chandrasekhar Azad led the protests despite being stopped by the police. He told The Hindu that they would protest until the temple is built again. Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam and several MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were also present in the protests. The protestors were carrying sticks and flags and were heard chanting ‘Jai Bhim’. They demanded the central government to rebuild the temple.

M.S. Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police had asked the protestors to take a bus as the location was 16 km away and could cause trouble to the citizens.

What was the protest about?

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had razed down the Ravidas temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court. The apex court had found that there was a “serious breach” committed by Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti after it failed to vacate the forest area.

After the demolition of the 500-year-old temple, protests have emerged in multiple areas in Delhi and Punjab by political parties and members of the Dalit community.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had earlier mentioned that he would lead a delegation of Ravidas community members to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek his intervention. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had also said that a SAD-BJP representative would meet the Prime Minister and urge him to provide a piece of land for rebuilding the temple.

The top court had asked the government of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi to maintain law and order during the ongoing protests and warned not to politicise its order.

Also Read: Bengaluru: Over 1000 People Rendered Homeless After BBMP Demolishes Settlement


Written by : Debarghya Sil

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

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