Bawana tense over procession route, 800 cops to keep a watch

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 01:22 IST

With riot-hit Trilokpuri yet to come back to normal, communal tension is now simmering in Bawana in outer Delhi.

A mahapanchayat was held Sunday, in which more than 700 residents participated, following objections to the route of the Muharram procession. Locals alleged the procession blocked the entire main road that connects to other parts of the city, thereby hampering their businesses.

“We are not objecting to the procession but merely saying that instead of passing through the middle of town, it should be diverted to an alternative route,” said Pradeep Mathur, one of the organisers of the mahapanchayat.

An alternative route was eventually agreed upon by both communities at the mahapanchayat, police sources said. However, not willing to take any chances, the Delhi Police have decided to deploy more than 800 personnel in the area.

“Extra forces will be deployed and all precautionary measures will be taken to make sure peace prevails in the area. We will not allow any unlawful activity that can hamper relations between the communities,” special commissioner (law and order) Deepak Mishra said.

Bawana had witnessed communal tension during Eid on October 4 too, resulting in heavy police deployment to keep the peace.

Trilokpuri — where communal clashes during a jagran on October 23 left more than 70 people injured — is still under prohibitory orders. The east Delhi locality is also making preparations for Muharram.

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