New Delhi, Feb 25, 2020: At a time when Delhi is witnessing violent communal clashes in many parts, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Councillor has set a positive example by rescuing a Muslim family and their house from a violent mob.
Pramod Gupta, a BJP Ward Councillor from Yamuna Vihar, came to the aid of Shahid Siddiqui’s family and saved their house from being set ablaze by a mob of around 150 people.
Speaking to India Today.in, Siddiqui narrated details from last night’s incident which started at around 11:30 pm.
He said the mob suddenly started marching towards their neighbourhood, chanting slogans of ’Jai Shri Ram’. The mob entered from a road which was left unbarricaded by cops; the other side of the road, which leads to a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood, was barricaded to prevent protesters from entering.
Siddiqui said the mob first burnt down a boutique below his house, which belonged to his tenant. A car and motorbike that belonged to the family were also torched by the mob.
"The mob pulled out our car and a motorbike from our garage and set fire to it. They also damaged my tenant’s boutique, causing damage of at least Rs 20 lakh," he said.
This is when BJP councillor Pramod Gupta -- a long-time friend of Siddiqui -- came to the family’s rescue and prevented the mob from causing further damage to them or their property.
Siddiqui barely escaped with his family which included a two-month-old infant as well. "I escaped with my family as soon as we sensed trouble. It was BJP ward councillor Pramod Gupta who stopped the mob from setting our house on fire."
The development comes at a time when the national capital has been witnessing violent clashes among pro and anti-CAA protesters.
The situation continues to remain tense as fresh violence erupted on Tuesday. Seven people have lost their lives while at least 150 have been injured in the clashes.