New Delhi: The Public Works Department (PWD) team conducted an anti-encroachment drive in Delhi’s Bhajanpur area. The purpose of the drive was to clear the way for a proposed road widening project. As part of the operation, a Hanuman temple and a Mazar were removed, with heavy police presence ensuring a smooth process.
A video circulating on social media platforms captured a touching moment before the demolition began. In the footage, a Delhi police officer can be seen offering prayers at the Hanuman Mandir. This act highlights the significance of religious sentiments even in the face of necessary demolitions.
दिल्ली के भजनपुरा में बुलडोजर चलाने से पहले ADCP ने भगवान के सामने जोड़े हाथ फिर तोड़ा मंदिर pic.twitter.com/TsFwydOtqO
— Kaushiik Patel (@KAUSHIK_HINDTV) July 2, 2023
The decision to remove the Hanuman Mandir and Mazar was made during a meeting of the “religious committee” a few days prior. Officials ensured that proper dialogue took place with the residents and local leaders, leading to a peaceful resolution. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Joy Tirkey stated that the demolition was carried out with the cooperation of all parties involved, including the devotees who performed their rituals before the structures were removed.
Delhi Cabinet Minister Atishi expressed her concerns about the demolition on Twitter. She had previously written a letter to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) requesting the withdrawal of the decision to demolish temples and other religious places in Delhi. Atishi reiterated her appeal, emphasizing the importance of preserving people’s faith attached to these structures.