THIRTEEN PERSONS have been arrested for alleged involvement in stone-pelting in Mukeripura area of the City on Saturday night when police had to fire several rounds of teargas shells to quell the violent mob.
While tension continued to prevail in the communally sensitive areas on Sunday, the situation was under control as heavy police force was deployed in key pockets to ensure peace on the first day of Muharram.
The police have registered four major cases, while several private plaints regarding injury and mainly damage to property have also been registered.
Tension also prevailed in the nearby Bagh town of Dhar district after a member of the majority community distributing ‘prasad’ in the Old Bus Stand area was attacked over a dispute by a member of the minority community and four accomplices. Section 144 was imposed by the SDM in the area.
Meanwhile, in Indore, a group of people moving towards the Rambagh area on Sunday morning, apparently with the intent of damaging the Mama Bhanje Ki Mazaar, were held at bay by lone constable Munnalal until police force arrived to control the mob. The weekly ‘aarti’ at Kadavghat was permitted, albeit under heavy police presence.
Surveillance was stepped up and checking was undertaken from early morning in some Muslim-dominated areas where most of the commotion was created.
TIs of Malharganj, Chhatripura, Pandrinath and Banganga were entrusted responsibility of maintaining peace in Mukeripura, Silwatapura, Bombay Bazaar and Kagdipura areas respectively, while SDOP Depalpur Rajesh Singh Chandel was given the interior areas for conducting checks. Vehicle checking was also conducted in certain areas from early morning.
Heavy police force including personnel from Special Task Force (STF) Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Reserve Police Force (RPF) maintained vigil in the area with special vehicles like ‘Vajra’ in tow although no orders hindering public movement were issued. Moreover, plainclothes policemen and intelligence agency staff were also deployed.
Late on Saturday, members of the two communities had clashed after some minority community members brandishing weapons and raising slogans passed in front of an ancient Hanuman temple at Narsingh Bazaar in Mukeripura area at about 8.45 pm when a Ramayana ‘path’ was going on.
Hindu activists objected to the procession being taken out allegedly for washing the ‘chabutra- chowki’ located behind Mukeripura mosque.As the administration was alert ADM Rameshwar Gupta and ASP Dharmendra Choudhary reached the spot promptly with a large police force.