RESIDENTS OF a middle-class neighbourhood in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad have put up posters declaring that their houses are up on the market and threatening an exodus from the neighbourhood after two properties there have been sold to Muslims, though the district administration suggests a property subject on the coronary heart of the matter.
Almost each door in Shiv Mandir Colony in the town’s Lajpat Nagar space bears a poster saying: “Samuhik palayan. Yeh makaan bikau hai. Sampark karen. (Collective exit. This property is on the market. Please contact).” The posters had been put up late final week, and the residents declare it’s due to the sale of two properties in the neighbourhood to Muslims.
On Wednesday, each these properties, positioned at two separate entry factors of the small neighbourhood, had been discovered locked.
“There is a mutual understanding that they are going to stay in their areas, and we are going to stay in ours, and that has been working nicely. Why do they forcefully need to come stay right here and spoil the environment. Our cultures are totally different. We have our personal festivals that we would like to have fun in our personal method. They will do qurbaani throughout their festivals,” mentioned Gaurav Kohli, a businessman whose household has been dwelling there for the previous 40 years.
As a part of their protest, the residents collect every single day on the Shiv temple in their colony. A banner on the entry to the temple pronounces that the complete neighourhood is up on the market. The residents declare “defending” the temple can be driving this protest.
Taking observe of the protest, the administration has performed a probe into the matter, mentioned District Magistrate Shailendra Kumar Singh, who visited the locality with the Moradabad SSP Tuesday.
“There are 81 houses in the colony. The house owners of two houses sold their properties round two months in the past to folks belonging to the Muslim group. On Monday, a joint workforce of the district administration and police performed a probe. No one is staying in these houses and they’re locked from exterior…,” mentioned Singh.
“We have tried to persuade the people who nobody can cease anybody from promoting their property to any particular person. It has come to gentle that just a few native residents had been to purchase these [two] properties and have now come to know these have already been sold.”
The police have additionally issued an announcement, iterating the liberty of individuals to stay wherever. The assertion mentioned the police discovered that the residents need that no property there be sold to “outsiders” with out their consent.
“Some individuals are intentionally making an attempt to disturb communal concord over this subject by social media. Legal motion will likely be taken in opposition to such folks,” the assertion mentioned, in a probably reference to rumours and accusations circulating in the neighbourhood.
Vivek Sharma, who claims to have lived there for 33 years, mentioned, “We have heard that they purchased these properties for 2-4 instances the precise charge. Why did they try this once they should buy property wherever in Moradabad?”
Asked from the place he got here to know concerning the charges, Sharma mentioned, “It has to be, as a result of there are folks amongst us who’re prepared to purchase these properties. Why else would it not be sold to them? We are prepared to purchase the properties. Our demand is that these gross sales be reversed.”
One of the brand new house owners, who didn’t need to be named, mentioned he didn’t anticipate a protest.
“The administration is aware of concerning the legislation, and that it’s our proper to purchase property and stay the place we like. The purchaser and vendor are each glad so it’s high quality. We are brothers… I used to be not anticipating such a response, I really feel that is someway linked to politics by individuals who inflame issues,” mentioned the customer.– with inputs from Manish Sahu, Lucknow