Two days after the communal clashes in Mira Road Thane, the municipal corporation of the area has razed a bulldozer action on illegal stalls in the Naya Nagar area. A day ahead of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, communal riots broke out in Naya Nagar.
The Mira Bhayander Vasai-Virar Police booked 50–60 people for assaulting a man who was part of a procession on the eve of the idol consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Police arrested 13 people after the clash between two communities.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, condemned the clashes. He said, “There will be zero tolerance against anyone who tries to take the law into their own hands and attempts to disturb the law and order situation in Maharashtra.”
Naya Nagar Demolition Illegal or Action on Community Clash?
On and around the day of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony, several clashes broke out in different parts of the country. But among them, the Mira Road incident became the topic of discussion.
A video went viral that showcased a rally of Ram devotees who were raising religious slogans and had flags depicting Lord Ram being attacked by a mob of local Muslims living in the area. After which, in some other parts, a Hindu rally attacked a Muslim area.
But the Naya Nagar shop demolition became the highlight, as people believed it was done because of communal rights. Also, some people even claim that it is an attack on Muslims living in the neighborhood.
Also, the people living in the area claimed that they were given no notice before the demolition. Maruti Gaikwad, deputy municipal commissioner in Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, said the structures were illegal and the civic body was not bound to issue a notice.
On January 22, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. The ceremony was attended by several religious leaders and dignitaries from different parts of the world. While one community is happy with the inauguration ceremony, others are not very satisfied.