SECTION 144 was clamped in three police station areas of Indore late on Tuesday night as a precautionary measure following minor violence after the Muharram procession.
The prohibitory orders were enforced in Pandrinath, Chhatripura and Raoji Bazaar police station areas. Though there were no reports of any major incident of violence from any part of the city, the situation was tense. Shops in the bustling commercial hub of Rajwada were shut down by the police who patrolled the streets and shepherded people inside their houses.
SP Anshuman Yadav told Hindustan Times that the situation was fully under control. Elsewhere in the State, including Bhopal and Jabalpur, the day passed off peacefully. In the capital a huge mourning procession was taken out on Yaum-e-Ashura. Hundreds of tazias and alams were part of the procession that culminated at the local Karbala on Upper Lake. In Jabalpur, where curfew has been in force since the past several days, the procession was taken out peacefully during the relaxation period.
Indore police were extra vigilant due to the apprehension of violence, as weekly ‘aarti’ was to be held at the Hanuman Chabutara near Karbala Maidan. The trouble started at Jairampur Colony near the Collectorate at about 9.30 pm when a mob of Muslim youths went berserk and started pelting stones and overturning vehicles. They also set ablaze two-wheelers. The police had a tough time controlling the mob and had to fire teargas shells and wield lathis to control the situation.
After the mild lathi charge, the police got the Karbala Maidan area vacated and allowed in members of Dharma Raksha Samiti for the ‘aarti’.
There was tension throughout the evening and there were moments when a major clash appeared imminent, but the administration represented by Collector Vivek Aggrawal and SP Anshuman Yadav, who were present at the spot throughout, managed to stave off an ugly confrontation.