A story has broke out in which it was revealed how a Hindu teen boy was safeguarded by his Muslim neighbours. Harsh Singh who is seventeen-year-old was home alone on Monday afternoon when clashes broke out near his residence in north-east Delhi’s Khajoori Khas. His neighbour “Wahab bhai” and another neighbour pushed him inside the house to safeguard him.
Hearing the noices on the streets, Harsh ran outside to see what was going on and that’s when he saw stickers of “Om Namash Shivay” and “Ram Ram” being posted on his door.
“I was standing outside when I found people pelting stones at each other. Bhabhi and Wahab bhai came and asked me to go inside and also said that I should inform them in case I face a problem,” he said, referring to his neighbours, who belong to the Muslim community.
Harsh’s father Satpal Singh is a driver with the Delhi Transport Corporation and was out for duty when the clashes begin to peak. His mother Sheela Devi had left for her mother’s house on Sunday evening to attend a wedding. “My father got to know about the situation and called mamu [Wahab] and asked to take care of me. He said he would return at the earliest,” the teenager revealed.
The neighbours looked after Harsh by asking him if he was hungry as his mother was away. “I am not scared at all. I have lived here since birth. They [neighbours] treat me like their own child,” he said.
Harsh said he had a look at the two sides that clashed on Monday and “spotted friends on both the sides”. “I saw my Muslim friends on one side and Hindu friends on the other. One of my Hindu friends saw me and asked me if I was trapped. I said, ‘Bhai, yeh mera ghar hai [Brother, this is my house]’,” he said.
Harsh was alone at home on Thursday as well and remained safe.