Madhya Pradesh: Khargone administrator builds wall between settlements, says it’s for peace | India News




KHARGONE: The administration in the grip of riots khargon built a wall between two settlements that mainly house two separate communities. Local officials justify it as an “experiment to avoid friction”.
The brick and mortar wall was built on a road that previously linked the settlements of Khaskhaswadi and Zamindar.
“There was a public demand for the wall,” said a district collector Purshottam Kumar say YOU by way of explanation on Friday. “This is not the only road connecting the settlements, there are two others. But young people traveled on fast vehicles on this road, often causing friction. These disputes had snowballed into major incidents in the past,” he added.
“Nobody objected to the wall except for the protests of a few people,” the collector explained.
Khargone is still in the process of getting back to normal after riots broke out on April 10 the Ram Navami. The city is calm after a month of curfew and other restrictions, but no one here can deny the tension simmering below. Minor outbreaks have kept police on their toes, and the administration seems to think building walls is a good solution.
The skirmishes also prompted the administration to barricade certain alleys among the mohallas of Khargone. “We have seen the change. The tension has dropped. Peace established,” the collector said.
Khargone SP Dharam Veer Singh Yadav said the restrictions are temporary. “The wall and the barricades are a temporary mechanism put in place by trial and error, which has proven to be effective,” he said, adding that movement between the settlements had never been blocked. “There are alternate routes,” he said, echoing the collector.
But few agree with the official position. Muslim Sheikh Sadar Altaf, who remains in Khaskhaswadi, likens the wall to a “line of control”. “It prevents freedom of movement. The wall tears away people’s basic rights,” he said.
BJP District Media Officer Prakash Bhawsar, a resident of the Zamindar settlement, thinks otherwise. “The fear of violence prompted the construction of the wall. Some people were seriously injured during the riots there,” he said.
Despite the different opinions, the wall is now part of the urban landscape of Khargone. Local authorities are trying to smooth traffic. Rapid reaction teams have been put in place to nip any disputes in the bud.
Kumar referred to a “recent attempt to put a community color on a minor road accident”, and said, “We immediately put the brakes on it. We explained to people that in a city with a mixed population, there is has a high probability of people from two communities colliding.The motive or cause of the fight is not always communal.
Khargone has a long history of riots, but the April 10 riots were different, Kumar noted, adding that most of the arguments and violent incidents took place between neighbors, who had lived together for years.
Criminals and perpetrators of violence were identified and forced to sign a pledge to refrain from creating harm, officials said. People from both communities were chosen as “Police Mitra” to help control the outbreaks. Sadbhavana Samitis trained to keep the peace.
Kumar Collector feels that the underlying tension will soon end. “The upcoming civic body elections will play a big role in reducing tensions. Candidates from all parties will need votes from every section and they will go to every door for that with appropriate gestures,” he explained.


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