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VHP to hold Shobha Yatra in Delhi's sensitive Hauz Qazi amid show of Hindu, Muslim unity

The temple, which was vandalised during the tension in the area, will be renovated from Tuesday and new idols will be installed. 

VHP to hold Shobha Yatra in Delhi's sensitive Hauz Qazi amid show of Hindu, Muslim unity
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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad will on Tuesday hold a Shobha Yatra in Delhi's Hauz Khasi area where communal tensions were observed a few days ago. Giving a message of peace and brotherhood, Muslim residents of the area have gathered to welcome the members who are taking part in the procession. The images emerging from the place show Muslim leaders sitting with rose petal and water bottles to greet the VHP members. 

The temple, which was vandalised during the tension in the area, will be renovated from Tuesday and new idols will be installed. The Durga Mandir Street Committee has also organised a public feast in the area from 12 noon to 6 pm after the idols are placed.

Security which had been in place in the area since June 30 when some tensions broke out, have been beefed up ahead of the yatra.

On June 30, an altercation over a parking issue in Hauz Qazi in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi led to tension between two groups of people from different communities. "After some altercation &scuffle over a parking issue in Hauz Qazi, tension arose b/w two groups of people from different communities. We have taken legal action & all efforts are being made to pacify feelings & bring about amity. People are requested to help in restoring normalcy," DCP Central Delhi had tweeted.

Following the incident, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had summoned the Delhi Police Commissioner and asked him to ensure law and order in the area.

Seven men have been arrested while eight juveniles have been apprehended in connection with the vandalisation of the temple. Three FIRs have been lodged in the incident. Police said that more arrests are likely as search is underway for other suspects.

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