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Police, Media deny; Videos confirm Mosque set afire in Delhi

The horrifying videos of men carrying Saffron flag and climbing the Minaret of the Mosque surfaced late in the afternoon Tuesday

Wednesday February 26, 2020 12:48 PM, ummid.com News Network

Delhi Mosque Burnt Video

New Delhi: A Mosque in Ashok Nagar area of Northeast Delhi has been set on fire and a Saffron flag was placed over its Minaret on Tuesday, multiple videos of the gruesome incident confirmed.

The horrifying videos of men carrying Saffron flag and climbing the Minaret of the Mosque surfaced late in the afternoon Tuesday.

One such video was shared by noted journalist Rana Ayyub on Twitter. She however removed the video after objection raised about its veracity. Local police officers also denied any such incident happened.

News agency ANI also carried a statement by DCP North West Delhi saying the videos and reports regarding damage to the mosque in "Ashok Vihar" area was false.

However, multiple videos taken from different angles confirmed that the mosque was set ablaze by people shouting "Jai Shri Ram" and "Hinduon ka Hindustan (India belongs to Hindus)" in Ashok Nagar area of Delhi.

Rana Ayyub also re-tweeted the video she had removed after confirmation.

"Re-posting this video after verifying its authenticity. It is from Delhi. Men marching on top of a mosque, vandalising it and placing a saffron flag over it", Rana wrote on Twitter.

Naomi Barton, Editor at The Wire, also said she had herself witnessed the horrifying incident.

"Making this very clear : I personally saw the flag on top of the miniaret of the mosque at Ashok NAGAR, not VIHAR", she wrote.

"The mosque had been burned, and a footwear shop underneath it was looted in front of my eyes", she added.

Fact check site Alt-News also analysed the videos and confirmed their veracity.

Videos of some Hindus and Muslims collecting the burnt pages of Holy Quran are also shared on social media sites.

Northeast Delhi is on the boil ever since BJP leader Kapil Mishra led a pro-CAA rally to counter peaceful protest against CAA in Maujpur and Jaffrabad areas. He also allegedly made provocative statements.

Delhi Death Toll 20

As many as 20 people, most of them Muslims, have been killed in the violence. A Delhi police officer is also among those killed.

There are also reports that violent mobs also attacked journalists -especially associated with NDTV and Indian Express - two leading media houses known for their unbiased reporting. Indian Express journalist Shivnarayan Rajpurohit has narrated how his mobile phone was snatched and his notebook was thrown in fire. He wrote he somehow managed to save himself from the violent mob only after his identity was revealed. "Hindu ho? bach gaye", he was told.

Ambulances stopped

More than 250 people have injured in the violence. As many as 22 people were lying in pool of blood. However, violent mob stopped Ambulances from taking them to hospitals.

This led to the intervention by Delhi High Court that ordered in a late night verdict Tuesday asked police to ensure safe passage and emergency treatment to injured people stuck in north east Delhi’s Al Hind hospital.

The matter was taken up on a call by advocate Suroor Mander, who said that several injured people at the Al Hind Hospital in the New Mustafabad area, were unable to be moved to the GTB hospital and needed urgent medical attention.

Mander, in her petition, sought safe passage of ambulance both to the Al Hind Hospital and from the hospital for the injured victims.

During the hearing, Suroor made the judge speak to Dr Anwar from the Al Hind Hospital on speaker phone. The doctor informed the judges that at the hospital, there are two dead and around 22 injured at the hospital, who were in need of assistance from Delhi police since 4 pm on Tuesday evening but no such help was made available.

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