Jor Bagh repeat? Clerics threaten to court arrest
A day ahead of the annual tazia procession from Jama Masjid till Karbala grounds in Jor Bagh on Tuesday, members of the Shia sect have threatened to court arrest on Monday noon if the police did not quash the FIR lodged against them around 15 days ago.delhi Updated: Jan 29, 2012 22:42 IST
Barely a fortnight after witnessing high drama, Jor Bagh — the quiet residential pocket off Aurobindo Road — is likely to witness another round of tension from Monday.
A day ahead of the annual tazia procession from Jama Masjid till Karbala grounds in Jor Bagh on Tuesday, members of the Shia sect have threatened to court arrest on Monday noon if the police did not quash the FIR lodged against them around 15 days ago.
The BK Dutt colony within Jor Bagh had witnessed tension two weeks ago following attempts of devotees to open the western gate of the dargah Shah-e-Mardana.
Police had filed a case of rioting against unnamed persons following alleged stone-pelting. The Anjuman denied the charge and instead had claimed that the police resorted to firing, injuring several from their side.
“The FIR registered by the police at Lodhi Colony police station is completely false. They have even slapped charges of theft against our religious leaders. We want the police to quash that FIR or else we would court arrest tomorrow at 12 noon,” said Abbas Naqvi, secretary of the Anjuman-E-Haideri, which manages the affairs of the dargah.
“Maulana Kalbe Jawad, top-most Shia cleric from Lucknow, will also be joining the Anjuman members,” he said, adding, “We will open the western gate tomorrow again with an aim to have an additional entry/exit in view of the congregation expected on Tuesday.”
Jawad had on Saturday told mediapersons at Lucknow about the plan to reopen the western gate, which he had already announced on January 16 here, a day after the trouble began.
A senior police official denied that any theft charges were mentioned in the FIR.
“It is only a case of rioting. We are still investigating into it,” the officer said, adding that a case had been registered mainly to record the episode that led to more than 14 officers getting injured on the evening of January 15.
“We have not detained or arrested anyone. Our main prerogative is to ensure that the law and order situation doesn’t get out of hand,” the officer said.
Sources said that one of the reasons why no arrests had been made, despite the identification of three to four accused persons for ‘inciting violence’ that night, was because the police had no intention of stoking religious tension.
The area on Sunday saw heavy police deployment as a precautionary measure.