Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: The Hauz Qazi area near Jama Masjid in old Delhi remained tense for the second day on Tuesday, with scattered stone pelting incidents sparked by a communal rift and all shops in the wholesale market remained shut.

The communal clashes erupted between two communities over a parking issue Sunday night. Police vans are going around appealing to the people to maintain peace even while it monitors the situation using drones.

The mobs from both side continued to throw stones against each other on Tuesday despite heavy deployment of police and the paramilitary personnel even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, a BJP MP from Chandni Chowk, visited the area.

A place of worship was also damaged in the violence Sunday night. In a tweet, Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala condemned the damage caused to "Durga Mandir" in old Delhi and violence let looses by the anti-social elements.

"Delhi’s law and order system is in the hands of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and so the responsibility lies on the BJP," he tweeted.

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