New Delhi,Jan 14 (Agencies): A large number of people on Friday offered prayers at the site of a religious structure emolished by authorities in south Delhi after the government stepped in to defuse tension over the issue.
   
Around 1,000 people led by Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, entered the site in Jangpura B-Block this  afternoon and offered prayers amid heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces Some people were also earlier allowed to offer prayers at the site in the morning during which they allegedly demolished a wall adjoining the site .

The structure,built "illegally" on DDA land, was demolished by the housing body on early morning Wednesday. Acting on a Delhi High Court order and people were not allowed to enter the premises, leading to tension in the locality. Police had to use batons  to disperse protestors who wanted to offer prayers at the site that day.
    
However, the government decided to allow people to offer prayers at the site after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit  talked to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Urban development Minister S Jaipal Reddy.
   
In the morning,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Bukhari  at the Jama Masjid and conveyed to him the message of  Chidambaram and Reddy that prayers will be allowed at the site of the structure.

Chidambaram and Reddy have stepped in. Now they are saying they will allow prayers at the site. Dikshit told us that the government will buy the  land and give it to the Wakf Board to rebuild a mosque, Bukhari said at a gathering at Jama Masjid before leaving for the site to lead the prayers.
 
Attacking Congress,he said,"This is a conspiracy by the Congress. It is not an issue between Hindus and Muslims. Our fight is against government and Congress. We will fight .this injustice against Muslims," he said,Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav described the demolition as a "very sad" incident. "I will fight along with Muslims for justice.

The Ranganath Misra Committee said this community is the most poor and deprived and Congress government is attacking them," he told the gathering.

Earlier in the day, some 1,000 people offered prayers in front of a police station claiming that police were not permitting entry of more than 100 people at the site. As Bukhari left for the site of demolition, a large number of people started marching towards Jangpura but were prevented by police from moving forward.
 
This led to sloganeering in the area and a DTC bus was damaged However, the situation was brought under control soon and
the traffic was thrown open.