Ahead of Shab-e-barat and Ramzan, the city police and district administration on Sunday organised a peace march to maintain communal harmony in the old city, after violent clashes between two communities in Aishbagh on Friday.
The march covered over five-km road stretch passing through several localities, with an appeal to maintain peace in the area.
Mayor Dinesh Sharma , Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, some local corporators and civil defence people participated in the march and appealed for peace. The march was planned with the help of locals after a meeting with police officials.
“The march remained focused on the area where the violence was reported between two communities on Friday night, and its adjoining areas with mixed population. The march commenced at Babu Lal trisection and passed through Shankar Dayal Road, Tikaitganj intersection and Master Kanhaiya Lal Road,” said Vikas Pandey, inspector of Bazarkhala police station.
Pandey said senior police and administrative officials also participated in the march and were followed by a large number of police and civil defence personnel. He, however, added that the deployment of police at strategic points would continue till Tuesday.
“Tuesday (June 2) is a very critical day, as it is the last ‘Bada Mangal’ during which several religious gatherings and food distribution camps (bhandaras) will be organized everywhere, including the trouble-torn localities. On the other hand, Shab-ebarat would also be observed on the same day,” said the inspector.
He said the situation in trouble- torn localities had completely normalised after two days of tension.
Earlier, sporadic sloganeering and rumour mongering in various localities had kept the old city on the edge on Saturday.The members of two communities had clashed over playing of loudspeakers at places of worship on Master Kanhaiya Lal Road in Aishbagh on Friday night.
Both groups fired in the air and pelted stones at each other, leaving at least six people with minor injuries.