Moharram processions peaceful across U.P., stray violence in Bareilly

Published on Aug 09, 2022 09:06 PM IST

UP police additional director general (ADG), law and order, Prashant Kumar said everything remained peaceful across the state, save a stray incident in Bareilly. He said the situation was controlled in Bareilly with timely intervention of police and force was deployed in the area where trouble was reported on Tuesday.

Senior officials of UP police said the peace during the processions was due to strategic planning by the police. (Pic for representation)
Senior officials of UP police said the peace during the processions was due to strategic planning by the police. (Pic for representation)

Lucknow Amid apprehensions of communal and sectarian clashes, the state police on Tuesday managed to ensure by and large peaceful Moharram processions in different districts, including Lucknow. Senior officials of UP police said this was due to strategic planning by the police.

The Moharram processions were taken out peacefully from August 1 and 9 but there were major apprehensions of law-and-order problem in the backdrop of back-to-back incidents of violence after Friday prayers in June earlier this year in Kanpur, Prayagraj and eight other districts.

UP police additional director general (ADG), law and order, Prashant Kumar said everything remained peaceful across the state, save a stray incident in Bareilly. He said the situation was controlled in Bareilly with timely intervention of police and force was deployed in the area where trouble was reported on Tuesday.

He said as many as 163 companies of central paramilitary force and state armed police were deployed in different districts across the state. Vigilance was intensified in communally sensitive districts and the officials told to make necessary police deployment on Tazia procession routes as well as mourning places.

He said the processions taken out on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Moharram were very sensitive following which elaborate security arrangements were made in advance. He said as many as 12 additional superintendents of police, 34 deputy superintendents of police, 40 inspectors, 175 sub-inspectors, 10 women sub-inspectors, 600 head constables and constables as well as 150 recruit constables were deployed strategically in Lucknow.

The ADG said detailed guidelines had been issued to the officials of sensitive districts and the district police chiefs were asked to ensure that only those processions be allowed that were taken out traditionally in the past. He said no new processions or routes were allowed. He said all posters and banners from the procession routes were removed to avert any law-and-order problem. The officials were told to counter rumour-mongering through social media platforms.

Violence in Bareilly

A Moharram procession triggered violence in Majhawa Gangapur village of Bhojipura block of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district on Tuesday when the people of two communities entered into a scuffle over use of DJ system, said Bareilly police. They said one community alleged that DJ was not a tradition in Bhojipura.

Police said the scuffle snowballed and the discussion between the two communities turned violent. Cops have detained one person in this context so far and are probing the matter.

“There were clashes among people of two communities in Majhawa Gangapur village of Bhojipura block of Bareilly over use of DJ during Moharram procession which was not part of Bhojipura’s tradition. We are trying to investigate what went wrong and eventually led to clashes. We have detained one person so far and have lodged an FIR into the matter. No casualties have been reported” said Satyarth Anirudh Pankaj, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Bareilly.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 2pm when the tazia procession, including a heavy-duty DJ system, was passing through the village to which locals raised objection and demanded to turn the DJ system off. “But the people of the other community refused to do so. After that, the people of both the communities entered into a scuffle and the DJ system was damaged. In protest, the people of the other community hurled stones and damaged local shops in the area,” Bareilly police said.

After the intervention of the district administration and Bareilly police, the situation was brought under control.

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