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Lucknow: curfew after clash between Muslim groups

More than 6 persons have been hurt as two groups of Muslims clash during Milad-un-Nabi procession.

lucknow Updated: Apr 03, 2007 15:54 IST

Curfew was clamped in Mohnipurwa area in Thakurganj and over 30 people detained after more than six persons were injured in a clash between two groups of Muslims over a Milad-un-Nabi procession in the old city here on Sunday, leading to tension in the area.

Curfew was clamped in the area to maintain law and order after one person was shot. The victim was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was described as stable, senior police officials said.

Earlier, two groups clashed in Thakurganj on Sunday morning and resorted to heavy brickbatting and set afire a house. Police immediately reached the spot and fired teargas and resorted to a baton-charge to disperse the mob.

Senior Superintendent of Police Jyoti Narayan said the situation was tense but under control and police and RAF personnel had been deployed in the entire area.

Security forces were posted on rooftops in the congested area to prevent people from resorting to brickbatting again.

Sunnis traditionally organise the main procession from Aminabad to Aishbagh Eidgah on Barawafat, which marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. A number of smaller processions join it along the way.

The procession, after being stopped, later passed off peacefully under police protection. It was banned earlier due to clashes but administration allowed it after a compromise between leaders of the Sunni and Shia sects in 1999.

Reacting to the clashes in Kanpur and here, Shia cleric Maulana Kable Jawwad said these seemed to be "politically motivated". "These (clashes) are an attempt to divide the strength of Muslim community to gain political mileage," he added.

First Published: Apr 01, 2007 18:13 IST