Ashura observed in India; Clashes in Jharkhand, Bihar Leave 1 dead, 12 injured
By: Nizam Hussain
NEW DELHI, India: , On the day of Ashura, to commemorate the
martyrdom anniversary of grandson of Holy Prophet(PBUH) Imam
Hussain(as), several taziya processions were taken out from
different locations in Indian capital News Delhi. Most of these
processions culminated at Karbala in Jor Bagh in south Delhi.
Violence marred Muharram processions today leaving one person dead
and at least 12 injured in Jharkhand and Bihar while stone-pelting
over use of a route for procession in Gwalior led to curfew in the
area even as the observance passed off peacefully elsewhere.
Clashes broke out during a procession in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh
district prompting police to fire 70 rounds in the air to control
DIG of North Chotonagpur Division Upendra Kumar said trouble began
when a group of about 100 people standing on the road opposite the
ground at Charowa Das on Hazaribagh- Katkumsandi road, pelted stones
at an over 10,000-strong gathering.
Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said about 22 taziyas
from nearby villages and Hazaribagh town had assembled to take part
in the procession. The clashing sides indulged in heavy brickbatting
and then fired at each other forcing the police to first baton
charge and then burst teargas shells. But when the actions failed to
disperse the mob, the police fired at least 70 rounds in the air,
said Kumar, adding one person was killed and nine injured in the
In Madhubani in Bihar, three persons were injured in a clash
between members of two communities when a stone was hurled on a
taziya procession. Superintendent of Police Akhtar Hussain said the
clash took place near Gandhi Chowk. The religious fervour was marred
in Gwalior, where curfew was imposed in a locality following protest
by an organisation over the route of Muharram procession.
The organisation was protesting after a dispute about the procession
route last night. Stone-pelting was also reported in the area,
following which the curfew was imposed around 4.30 pm.
On this day, Muslims remember Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam
Hussein who died fighting the forces of caliph Yazid around 1,400
years ago at Karbala in Iraq.
In Uttar Pradesh, stray incidents were reported from Kushinagar and
Jaunpur districts following disputes over minor issues but timely
intervention by police prevented any ugly situation.
In UP capital Lucknow, taziya processions were taken out amid tight
security arrangements. Over 20 companies of PAC and RAF were
deployed in Lucknow at the routes identified for the procession.
In some parts of Srinagar, curfew-like restrictions were imposed to
maintain law and order as taziya processions ended peacefully with
the highest congregation of over 40,000 mourners from various parts
assembling at Imambada Zadibal.
Braving rains, senior religious and political leaders of the
community also took part in the processions. However, the
authorities did not allow the procession from the traditional route
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