Following a Supreme Court order, the Delhi Development Authority demolished an almost 500-year-old Sant Ravidas Temple in Delhi’s Tughlaqabad.
Thousands of Dalits participated in a protest called by several Dalit organizations against the DDA’s actions yesterday in Delhi’s Ramleela Maidan. They are demanding the rebuilding of the temple at the same site.
“Those who are asking us to simply relocate our temple, are often the same people who have been agitating for Ram Mandir for the past several decades. Why the double standards when it comes to the rights of scheduled castes?” asks Rakesh Bahadur, executive president, All India Ambedkar Mahasabha, who led a number of protesters from Haryana to Delhi.
Security has been beefed up in Delhi after protests by Dalits against the demolition of a Ravidas temple in the Tughlakabad turned violent on Wednesday.
Security forces are on alert as tension prevailed after police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse protesters and arrested over 90 people, including Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad.