Procession that led to Delhi violence held without permission: Delhi Police

Participants openly brandishing pistol during Hanuman Jayanti procession in Jahangirpuri.

By Muslim Mirror

The procession during which clashes had erupted in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area on Saturday took place without permission, said police on Monday.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed the Police Commissioner to act sternly.

So far, 25 persons including minors have been arrested, some of whom were also presented before the court.

The alleged two  prime accused, Ansar and Aslam were sent to police custody for 2 more days.

Two days after the clashes, the Delhi Police conceded that the third Hanuman Jayanti procession, organised by Hindu fringe outfits, had not been accorded administrative permission.

Three processions were taken out that day to mark Hanuman Jayanti, Delhi Police said. Clashes broke out during the third procession, for which no permission had been granted.

In this regard, Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the organisers of the Hanuman Jayanti procession on Monday.

The police said that as the procession, passed by the mosque, the loud volume of religious chants clashed with the azaan or Muslim call to prayers. The situation blew up during an argument between the two groups – the members of the procession and those praying in the mosque.

Muslims in the area claimed that the devotees in Hanuman Jayanti procession carried sharp weapons and tried to vandalise the mosque.

Participants in the procession conceded about carrying the arms but blamed the violence on the Muslims.

The police said a case had been registered against members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal for taking out the procession without permission. Prem Sharma, a VHP activist, has also been summoned.

The police today arrested Sonu Chikna, an accused who was caught on camera firing shots during the Saturday clash but had been missing since. Trouble erupted in the area this morning when a police team, looking for Sonu, tried to question his family.

The police arrested Sonu Chikna, who was caught on camera firing shots during the Saturday clash but had been missing since

Trouble erupted in the area when a police team tried to question his family while they were looking for Sonu.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said a search is on to trace all the accused.

 “23 people have been arrested. They are from both communities. Action will be taken against any person found guilty irrespective of their class, creed, community and religion,” Mr Asthana told reporters.

Asthana added, “Some people are trying to disturb peace through the medium of social media. We are monitoring social media closely, and legal action will be taken against those who are found spreading misinformation. The public should not pay heed to rumours.”

Last week, communal clashes broke out in four states of India during the celebration of Ram Navami, the festival which marks the birth of Lord Ram.


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