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Soldier Bazaar temple razed in hurried operation

Alleged encroachment: Soldier Bazaar temple razed in hurried operation

By Rabia Ali

KARACHI: In a hurried operation on Saturday, a builder demolished a century-old temple in Soldier Bazaar while the Sindh High Court was hearing a petition seeking a stay order.

Apart from razing down the pre-partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir, the private builder also demolished three or four houses located next to it. Nearly 40 people became homeless as a result.

“They destroyed our mandir and humiliated our gods,” said an angry Prakash, pointing towards the huge debris of concrete, stones and walls of the temple. The demolishing team did place the statues of four Hindu deities on the side but the residents accused them of taking away their gold jewellery and crowns.

Pointing to the bruises on his arms, Lakshman said that, “they hit me with their guns when I tried to stop them. I told them to kill me instead of destroying our holy place.”

Banwri recalled that the demolition teams arrived around 11 in the morning. She was preparing breakfast when she heard the thundering noise of a bulldozer. She rushed outside, only to receive instructions to bring her bed, cupboard and other essential items outside the house. “I watched my house go down in just minutes and I couldn’t do anything.”

She added that, during the demolition, the area was cordoned off by the police and Rangers with tents put up all around. Outsiders were not allowed to enter, she added.

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People’s history of the Punjab: The great 1920 rebellion

by Dr. Manzur Ejaz , Virginia, USA
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com, December 25th, 2008
Dr Manzur Ejaz taught at the Punjab University, Lahore, for many years and now lives in Virginia, USA
The writer can be reached at: manzurejaz1@yahoo.com
Channan Din’s Danda Fauj [a small band of soldiers armed with sticks and toy guns] … was exclusively drawn from Muslim artisans and workers who appeared to be roused to action by the cry of Pan-Islamism but in fact were victims of inflation. Obviously, the Danda Fauj was not taken seriously but a British officer later confessed that it ‘was a very mischievous thing’

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