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Protest after right wing group targets Ajmer Dargah

Protest after right wing group targets Ajmer Dargah

Ajmer: The khadims (custodians) of Dargah Ajmer Sharif organised a protest march on December 22 over inciting remarks and targeting Ajmer shrine and Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. A complaint is filed against Shiv Sena Hindustan, a right wing religious-turned-political outfit and an immediate ban on the group has been sought.

The tension erupted when Shiv Sena Hindustan general secretary Lakhan Singh claimed that a Hindu temple used to exist at the site of the dargah and appealed his volunteers to initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the centuries-old shrine.

Gaddi Nashin of Ajmer Sharif Dargah and chairman of the Chishty Foundation Syed Salman Chishty said that hundreds of khadims along with the Khuddam-e-Khwaja community took to the streets and protested peacefully, reported The Wire.

Shiv Sena Hindustan was in the headlines recently when its activists staged a protest near Udaipur court circle in support of Shambu Lal Regar, who killed Mohammed Afrazul.

Protest against Shiv Sena Hindustan in Dargah Bazar, Ajmer. Photo credit: Aadil Raza Khan

A delegation of Khadims led by Syed Salman Chishty, met officials of the district administration and presented a memorandum on the safety of the dargah and maintenance of peace and harmony in the city.

“It is extremely unfortunate to see that such voices are surfacing and the political establishment in the state is silent. Political parties including the ruling BJP offer their warm greetings to Khawaja Sahab and seek his blessings, but on the other hand, they are unable to deal with these fringe groups,” said Chishty.

Shrine has been a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity for the last 800 years and this is the first time any group has tried to mobilise Hindus against the dargah, says Khadims of the dargah.

Thousands of people from all faiths throng to the shrine of ‘Gharib Nawaz’, patron saint of the poor from different parts of the country.

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