Ravidas Temple issue: Delhi government resolves to construct 'magnificent' mandir at same site

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 22 August 2019, 05:27 PM
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The Legislative Assembly of Delhi in its meeting on Thursday has resolved that "the Government of NCT of Delhi should construct a magnificent Ravidas Mandir at the same site after the Centre allots the land". The Delhi police, on the other hand, has arrested all 96 in the case including Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad and have been sent to 14 days judicial custody.

Earlier, there were reports that the Bhim Army is planning to install a bust of Sant Ravidas at the site of a temple dedicated to the 15th century spiritual leader which was demolished by the DDA. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has promised to install a bust of Sant Ravidas at the site. He said that if he dies, his body should be taken to the temple, a leader of the Dalit group said.

The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court. Tension prevailed in the Tughlakabad area in south Delhi after a protest by Dalits against the demolition of the temple turned violent on Wednesday, prompting police to resort to "mild lathicharge" and use tear gas to disperse the crowd, an official said.

According to police, the protesters set fire to two motorcycles and vandalised a police vehicle, causing injuries to a few policemen.

First Published: Thursday, August 22, 2019 04:17 PM
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