Hindus help Muharram processions in Trilokpuri
Refreshment stalls set up by Hindus in Trilokpuri and Bawana marked the Muharram procession that took place under heavy police deployment on Tuesday.delhi Updated: Nov 05, 2014 10:32 IST
Refreshment stalls set up by Hindus in Trilokpuri and Bawana marked the Muharram procession that took place under heavy police deployment on Tuesday.
More than 5,000 police officers were deployed across the city to keep things under check.
After Muslims in riot-hit Trilokpuri pledged to guard ‘Jagrans’ last Friday, a similar scenario was repeated by Hindus who not only provided water for those participating in the procession, but also led it to make sure no untoward incident occurred.
There were rumours of communal discord but all such reports were trashed on Tuesday as Muslims and Hindus alike took part in the procession showcasing the communal unity in both areas of the Capital.
“The Hindus set up the water stalls at regular intervals and more than 100 youth had voluntarily come forward to make sure that no ill-happenings were reported in the area,” said Sanjay Baniwal, joint commissioner of police (eastern range).
While communal tension had led to violent riots in Trilokpuri during Diwali, there was an uneasy calm in outer Delhi’s Bawana after locals objected to the route of the Muharram procession and held a mahapanchayat.
“Nobody wants a tag of riot-prone-area to be attached with their neighbourhood. The area has had a bad reputation since 1984 and before it could move out of that shadow, this happened. We are small time businessmen and can’t have curfew like situations for such a long time,” said Jag Mohan Kumar, a tea stall owner in Trilokpuri.
Taking precautionary measures, Delhi police beefed up the security at both the locations and also deployed Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to maintain overhead parameter.
“Steps have been taken to prevent any untoward incident, we have been on job for many days and will continue deploy forces until things pass off peacefully. We are seeking support from locals to prevent rumours and have also have met local leaders, said RS Krishnia, joint commissioner of police (northern range).
The police, however also detained many outsiders in Bawana as a preventive measure. The list of those detained included students from Jawahar Lal Nehru University who, the police claimed, were trying to politicise the event. They were let off after the procession, the police added.