Moti Nagar murder: Muslims of Basai Darapur living in fear of backlash

New Delhi: The tension in the air is palpable at the Basai Darapur village in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar with several Muslim residents living under constant fear of backlash– days after a member of the majority Tyagi community was killed by his neighbours from the minority community.

While several Muslim families who had have fled their homes have returned after assurances from the Delhi Police, members of the Tyagi community have decided to boycott Muslims from outside Delhi. Locals claim that the village, around 10 km from the power corridors in Lutyens’ Delhi, remained peaceful even in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition back in 1992.

However, the murder of 51-year-old Dhruv Tyagi on May 12, allegedly for resisting youths who passed lewd remarks at his daughter, has not only shook both the communities to their core but is now threatening the bonhomie that has characterised Basai Darapur for decades. “Even during the Babri Masjid demolition, we have never witnessed any such instance. Hindus and Muslims have always stayed as a family here for ages. This is the first time something horrific like this has happened,” Irfan Salami, a property dealer in the area said. —PTI