Iraq violence fallout: Tension prevails in Lucknow amid stone pelting incidents

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 14:25 IST

Amidst heavy deployment of police force on Friday, tension continued to prevail in old Lucknow after two incidents of stone pelting in Saadatganj and Talkatora areas of the city on Thursday night.

The incidents took place when groups of Shias and Sunnis raised slogans during a special gathering organised to pray for peace and safety in Iraq violence last night. It is not clear which sect started the sloganeering.

The police deployment was increased during the day, as major gathering was expected during Friday prayers to be observed at different places in the old city. The armed police personnel were also deployed in the sensitive areas to maintain peace.

The situation, however, remained under control in the area till last reports came in.

Earlier on Thursday night, the stone pelting started late around 10 pm in Saadatganj locality where members of the Shia sect had gathered to condemn the terrorists attack in Iraq.

Soon similar incidents were also reported from a Talkatora locality. After which the police force was rushed to the spots and deployment was placed to control the situation.

Prominent Shia cleric Ali Nasir Sayeed Abaqati alias Agha Roohi condemned the ISIS for large-scale killings in Iraq and called upon the people to unite against the menace of terrorism.

There is palpable tension in the Uttar Pradesh capital, which has a long history of Shia-Sunni conflicts. Tensions erupt between the two sects almost every year during the Islamic mourning month of Muharram -- the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad -- since as early as 1900s. The state capital has over eight lakh Muslims, including nearly three lakh Shias. The month of Ramzaan too sees similar tensions.

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