Delhi: Ram Navami procession held in Jahangirpuri despite police refusal


By Muslim Mirror News

In defiance of a police order, a procession was taken out to observe Ram Navami in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri neighbourhood on Thursday.

Numerous people participated in the Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra amid heavy police presence.

To keep law and order and prevent any untoward incidents in advance of the procession, a sizable number of police personnel were stationed in the area earlier in the day.

Permission for both the Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra and the offering of Ramzan prayers in a nearby park was denied by the Delhi Police on Monday.

An official order signed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, HQ, Northwest district, issued on Monday said: “I am directed to inform you that your request for Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra on the occasion of Ram Navami Mahotsav on Thursday has been considered by the competent authority but could not be acceded to from the law and order point of view.”

During a procession held to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti in April of last year, communal tensions flared up in Jahangirpuri. In the violence that followed, at least eight police officers and civilians were hurt. The clashes began when a Hindu mob pelted stones at a mosque.

There were three processions through the neighborhood, not just one, and it was the third one that finally sparked the unrest.


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