Delhi: On 21st August, people in large numbers have gathered in Delhi against the demolition of Ravidas Temple which took place on 10th August. Following the order of Supreme Court, DDA has demolished the temple. To express their anger, thousands of people from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh gathered in Delhi and marched from Jhandewalan to Ramleela Maidan carrying blue flags in hands, blue caps on their heads and placards demanding the reconstruction of Ravidas temple in the same place where it has been for 500 years.
During the protest, a rumor has been spread that a protestor has been shot, after that protestors started attacking buses out of anger. To take the situation in control, the police had to lathi charge on protestors going out of control. Given the growing tense situation and outbreak of protestors, police protection has been increased near the temple to avoid any public disturbance.
According to activists of the Bhim Army, the chief of Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad has been injured. The police have arrested him and also the National President of the Bhim Army Mr. Rotan Singh. Bhim Army has shown their anger saying that after being held, the two were taken to jail not to the hospital as they were injured and needed an immediate medical treatment.
The Bhim Army has warned the BJP government and Delhi government that they should treat protestors peacefully. If the 500 year old Ravidas temple would not be constructed at its place the Bhim Army will protest across nation and will urge people for ‘Bharat-Band.’
Following the protest in Delhi, Supreme Court has said that this matter should not take ‘political colour’.
I am here to represent the voice of Dalit community not as representative of the Delhi government. We respect the order of Supreme Court, but central government should tell that why idols connected to Dalit community and Idols of Bhimrao Ambedkar is breaking nowadays,” said Rajendra Pal Gautam, the Minister for Water, Tourist, Culture, Arts and Languages, and the member of Aam Admi Party who took part in the protest and showed his solidarity for the cause.