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Friends Anshu and Sohaib, who live and work together in Jahangirpuri, a northwest locality of Delhi that saw violence on Hanuman Jayanti followed by the Municipal Authorities sending bulldozers to raze the unauthorized constructions, in which a part of the mosque was also damaged, are unable to reconcile to the changing environment in their locality.
A tweet by journalist and filmmaker Vinod Kapri in which Anshu, a Hindu by faith, is speaking about his friendship with Sohaib, a Muslim. From what he said it turns out to be a heartwarming story of friendship and bond between the two friends.
In the viral video, Anshu is seen saying, "We have been friends for15 years. He's a Muslim, I am a Hindu and we are brothers.."
Anshu looks at his best friend Shoaib and says "We have been living peacefully since years now, but these acts will make us each other's enemy..he (Shohaib) will consider me as his enemy and I will consider him as my enemy...this is not right.."
While talking to an Indian news channel Anshu looks at his friend Shohaib who looks sad and says, "I had no idea that they were razing the mosque, I was a bit late, had I known, I would have tried my best to save the mosque."
When asked about their livelihood, Shoaib says, "We manage the shop together, when I was not there, he looks after it, and when he isn't there I manage it.."
Anshu also owns a clothing shop in the main market. He says, "The room above the shop is where we both would sat, eat and drink together, we basically grew up together, I don't like the current scenario..."
Anshu and Shoaib's friendship story is being praised on social media. Vinod Kapri captioned it as, “मैं हिंदू और ये मुसलमान” इनकी कहानी सुनो हिंदुस्तान" which roughly tanslates as "I am Muslim, he is Hindu, do listen to their story Hindustan.."
By the time of writing this story, this video had more receied than 14k likes and still counting.
''मैं अंशु हूं, शोएब नाम है मेरे भाई का...मैं होता तो अकेले मस्जिद के सामने खड़ा होता। मंदिर के पास बुल्डोजर आया ये मेरा भाई मेरे साथ खड़ा था।अगले की मस्जिद टूटी, अगला फिर भी खड़ा है मेरे साथ मंदिर के लिए खड़ा है''— Abhinav Pandey (@Abhinav_Pan) April 20, 2022
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Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to maintain the “status quo” in its demolition drive against encroachers in Jahangirpuri, northwest Delhi, following clashes between two groups of people on Hamunam Jayanti.
The court listed the hearing on the petition filed by Jamiat Ulama-I Hind against the demolitions after two weeks. The court said it would take a serious view of the demolition that took place after information about the court staying the demolitions was given to the Mayor on Wednesday when the demolitions were going on in Jahangirpuri on Wednesday.