Retired CRPF jawan, Aish Mohammad was among the hundreds who suffered the losses in last week's communal violence that engulfed parts of northeast Delhi.
He was forced to take shelter at a relief camp in Eidgah in Mustafabad. He, however, sent his wife and his two sons to his hometown of Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh after his house was turned to ashes by a violent mob on February 25.
He was preparing for his niece's marriage in his home situated in Bhagirathi Vihar when the mob attacked and burnt his house and his two motorbikes.
While narrating his ordeal to NDTV, Mohammad said, "About two-three hundred rioters came and threw stones, fired bullets and then set fire to the house. I was inside with my 26-year-old son. We went to the terrace and jumped into the neighbour's house. My niece was set to get married on the 29th March so all jewels were kept and they robbed it all". After his house was burnt and he somehow saved himself and his family, he decided to stay back for his house and all the little things left in it.
Aish Mohammad has fought for India and even suffered injuries in 1991 when he was posted in Kashmir but now he feels deeply hurt and disappointed. “Now after what has been done in the riots I feel I do not have a right to live in this country," he was quoted as saying by NDTV.
In the three days of brutal violence in Delhi over the contentious Citizenship law, 47 have been killed and hundreds have been injured. Many have become homeless after their houses were burnt or vandalised by the rioters.