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Muslim youths? release sought

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 02:11 IST

HUNDREDS OF Muslims living in the Azad Nagar area gathered at Azad Nagar Chowki at around 2 am on Tuesday demanding the release of 29 youths who had been arrested on Monday night for damaging over half a dozen vehicles at Bohra Masjid Gali, Ushaganj, during Moharram procession.

Muslim leaders argued that while members of Hindu organisations were being released within hours of committing any acts of breach of peace, Muslims youths were not being released, even though today was the last day of Moharram.
They held discussions with Additional SP (East) Manoj Shrivastava, ADM Rameshwar Gupta and area CSP Irmin Shah for over an hour at the Azad Nagar Chowki even as a large police force gathered to prevent any violence.

Finally, it was decided that all those arrested would be released in lots of two to five every half an hour. Muslim leaders promised that all those released would not take part in the procession.

The names of 100 volunteers were taken from among the community who were given the responsibility to ensure that the procession passed off peacefully.

When community leaders informed the public of the decision, there were shouts of joy and the crowd dispersed. On Monday night, after circling the Chhoti Gwaltoli Masjid, some youths started damaging vehicles parked near Bohra Masjid in Ushaganj.

They damaged two Maruti cars, one Alto and half a dozen motorcycles. They also threw stones at some of the houses and shops in the area.

The police rushed to the spot and arrested 29 youths in this regard. They were charged under Sections 147, 148, 149 and 427 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, all tazias returned to their respective destinations by midnight. The streets were deserted after 1 am. Usually, tazias go around the City till wee hours in the morning on the 9th day before returning to their destination.

However, the administration’s tazia started at around 8.30 pm from Imambara. After passing through Rajwada, Khajuri Bazaar, Sitlamata Bazaar, Narsingh Bazaar, Bombay Bazaar, Jawahar Marg and Yeshwant Road it culminated at Imambara. Bara and Chhota Ghoda also started early and reached Kagdipura around midnight.