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How residents in riot-hit NE Delhi are rebuilding lives — these then-&-now photos tell the story

Shops, homes and other properties that were burnt or vandalised during the February 2020 riots in northeast Delhi have since been rebuilt.

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New Delhi: It’s been a year since the communal riots that ravaged northeast Delhi between 23 February and 25 February 2020. The riots killed at least 53 people — 38 Muslims and 15 Hindus — and drove a sharp wedge between the two communities.

The riots were said to have been triggered by a clash between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Most of the shops, homes and other properties that were burnt or vandalised a year ago have since been rebuilt. While visiting the streets of northeast Delhi recently, ThePrint’s Manisha Mondal captured how people have come to terms with their lives.

Then

The shops that were burnt at Shiv Vihar Tiraha in February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The shops that were burnt at Shiv Vihar Tiraha on 25 February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Now

Only the first floor of the building could be rebuilt, as the owner did not have enough money to rebuilt the entire building. The same picture from 2021 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Only the first floor of the building has since been rebuilt, since the owner does not have enough money to build the entire structure | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Then

The car parking space that was burnt to ashes on 24 February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A parking space in Shiv Vihar that was burnt to ashes on 25 February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Now

There are less numbers of cars parked in the space. The owner says not many people are eager to park the car because of the riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Lesser numbers of cars are parked in that space today. The owner says not many people are eager to park their vehicles there after the riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Then

The Arun Public School that was burnt and vandalised on 25 February | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The Arun Public School that was vandalised and burnt on 25 February | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Now

The school is rebuilt now. The owner of the school said that the school is being renovated | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The school has been rebuilt and renovation work is still going on | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Then

Mustafabad's Farooqia Masjid was burnt in the evening of 25 February | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Mustafabad’s Farooqia Masjid was burnt on the evening of 25 February | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Now

Mustafabad's Farooqia Masjid is being restored now | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The mosque has since been restored | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Then

Auliya Masjid in Shiv Vihar was lit on fire by rioters on 25 February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Auliya Masjid in Shiv Vihar was torched by rioters on 25 February 2020 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Now

Auliya Masjid in Shiv Vihar is not restored completely because of lack of funds, but kids from nearby areas have started coming for classes | Photo: Manisha ,Mondal | ThePrint
The Auliya Masjid that also runs a madrasa has not been restored completely due to lack of funds, but children from nearby areas have started coming for classes  | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

How the streets of northeast Delhi look now

On the walls opposite to the Mustafabad's Farooqia Masjid have written messages like this | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A message on the walls opposite the Farooqia Masjid in Mustafabad | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Kids play on the streets of Chand bagh | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Children playing on the streets of Chand Bagh | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Posters of Ram Mandir construction on the gates of societies | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A poster on Ram Mandir construction on the gate of a society in Brijpuri | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Some houses have flags on their terraces | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A saffron flag hoisted at one of the houses in Brijpuri  | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Some of the residents, who are a part of protest said that the reminisce of the riots will always haunt them | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Many residents ThePrint spoke to said the memory of the riots will continue to haunt them | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Kids play on the streets of Mustafabad | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Children playing on the streets of Mustafabad | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Inside the streets of Mustafabad, girls walk deck up for functions | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
On the streets of Mustafabad, two girls were seen decked up to attend an event | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Kids play inside a shop in Chand Bagh. The upper part of the shop was burnt | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Children playing inside a shop at Chand Bagh that was partially burnt during the riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Life on the streets of north east Delhi is coming back but slowly | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Students seen on a street in northeast Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What do they mean, “humko chhahiye azadi?” it means atleast in the kashmir context, they want an islamic state. How can they write it here in Delhi? They should be wiped out. No questions asked

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