Meerut: The citizens of Meerut’s Prahlad Nagar don’t without a doubt understand what to make of the hullaballoo that’s currently surrounding their small locality dotted by means of antique houses and rotting drains.
In an ultimate couple of weeks, a number of countrywide media have descended on the location after a neighborhood BJP leader alleged that 125 Hindu families had been forced to migrate because incidents of robbery, ‘eve-teasing’ and bike stunts via anti-social elements of a “positive community”, purportedly relating to Muslims.
Bhavesh Mehta’s extensively-suggested criticism, lodged on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NaMo app on eleven June, also said that the houses are being bought to Muslims at throwaway charges. Social media has been up in palms too.
Local citizens and police provide many reasons for why many Hindu households have left or plan to leave Prahlad Nagar. None of them characteristic Muslims as the antagonist.
Fear of ‘deserted temples’
When ThePrint visited the house of Bhavesh Mehta, his spouse become teaching a Muslim female within the living room.
For Mehta, his fears of Hindu migration is very actual, however, he persists the ‘Hindu-Muslim’ color to his grievance turned into absolutely the media’s.
“I just complained approximately the growing ‘eve teasing’ and robbery in the place. I did now not supply it the color of Hindu-Muslim. It is given via the media. I am concerned that if Hindus sell their house like this then what will occur to 10 temples of this vicinity? I will not be capable of seeing the deserted temples,” said Mehta.
There are approximately 12 temples and gurudwaras within the place, claim nearby Hindu agencies.
“There have been instances of air firing here. You cannot go and inform the students now not to journey motorcycles at excessive velocity, whether or not it’s a Hindu boy or a Muslim boy, it’s miles police’s activity,” stated Suresh, a shopkeeper in the place’s fundamental market.
Jitendra Pawa, a neighborhood councilor who’s associated with BJP, said he doesn’t realize who those anti-social elements are however they “are getting into in our locality”.
“We want the authorities to take strict actions in opposition to them. We need CCTV cameras to be installed in the entire Prahlad Nagar. Yogi (Adityanath) ji has handled the law and order very gracefully. It is simply the lower stage officers who are not cooperating,” stated Pawa.
“There is not any Hindu-Muslin attitude here.”
Why the migration
The citizens of Prahlad Nagar, a refugee colony of Hindus from Pakistan, say families which have moved out did so both due to better possibilities elsewhere or for shifting to newer and higher colonies.
“Some have gone to other towns for their jobs, a few left the houses because they shifted to new colonies of the city and others sold their homes due to the fact they’re well off. Who might need to stay in this locality?” requested a 70-year-antique lady, who didn’t desire to be diagnosed.
“People go away the old elderly parents at the back of. Similarly, vintage houses have turn out to be orphans like old parents.”
But she agreed that Meerut is facing a dire scenario as a way as the safety of women is concerned.
“It has ended up hell for younger women. The whole of Meerut. You can’t step out of doors your house. They spare none,” she stated.
Two Muslim women, her neighbors, who stood subsequent to her inside the old dilapidated residence on certainly one of Prahlad Nagar’s many dirty lanes, agreed wholeheartedly.
Anju, a forty-12 months-antique girl who lives on any other avenue, is selling a residence and she does say that it’s out of worry for her daughters.
“I am selling this house because I actually have grown up daughters. There is lots of ‘eve teasing’ here. I want to move out to a very good locality,” stated Anju.
The predominant street which goes thru Prahlad Nagar through Islamabad Mohalla — a Muslim-dominated locality subsequent to it — opens on Hapur road. This street has become a headache for the locals. According to residents, the girls are “eve-teased” through outsiders and bike stunts have to turn out to be a trend. There have even been debates approximately installing a gate wherein both the localities converge.