Ten people were injured when a group of Muslims clashed with the police in the old city after it was prevented from taking out a religious procession, banned for more than 30 years, on Milad-un-Nabi — Prophet Mohammed’s birthday — on Tuesday.
Juloos-e-Mohammadi, the procession held to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, has been banned in Uttar Pradesh since 1977 following clashes between Shias and Sunnis. In 1997, the state government inked a pact with Muslims following which Madh-e-Shahaba — an event unique to Lucknow in which the first followers of the Prophet are remembered — procession was allowed.
On Tuesday, when the Madh-e-Shahaba procession started from the old city, a section of Muslims insisted they be allowed to take out Juloos-e-Mohammadi. The police told the group that the procession wouldn’t be allowed.
Agitated, the youth started shouting slogans and some tried to remove the barriers put up by the police. Soon violence broke out. Around 10 people were injured and six vehicles damaged. The police used teargas and rubber bullets and the Rapid Action Force personnel fired several rounds to disperse the mob.
District Magistrate Chandra Bhanu and Senior Superintendent of Police, Law and Order, Raghubir Lal had to intervene for calm to return. They assured the protesters to take up the issue of Juloos-e-Mohammadi with the state government. Lal later told mediapersons that situation was under control.