Clashes erupt in Delhi, AP on Hanuman Jyanti

Delhi/Kurnool, 17 April: Clashes erupted between two communities during Hanuman Jyanti Shobha Yatra rally in Delhi’s Jhangirpuri and Allur’s Holagundha town in Andhra’s Kurnool district on Saturday evening even as the administration imposed Section 144 in the disturbed areas and arrested 13 and 20 people. respectively, for rioting.

The Delhi police have arrested 13 persons accused in the Jahangirpuri violence case of Delhi’s North West district and 20 members have been arrested based on the CCTV footage in Andhra Pradesh.


DCP Usha Rangnani, on Sunday, said that nine people, including eight policemen and a civilian, were injured in the violence, who were undergoing treatment at the hospital. A sub-inspector sustained bullet injuries but his condition is stable. The police have registered a case under rioting, violation of government order, assault, attempt to murder, conspiracy etc.

According to sources, police suspects that the entire incident was carried out as part of a conspiracy. Some CCTV wires in the area were cut.

Among the ones whom the police have arrested, are the accused who started the stone pelting. A total of 10 teams of police are involved in the investigation and police has taken 15 into custody and is interrogating them.

During Hanuman Janmotsav procession on Sunday evening, there was a clash between two groups. Some unruly elements started pelting stones on the procession, which led to a stampede. Soon the uproar took a bigger form. Nine people, including eight police personnel, were injured in the violence. In view of the tension in the area, heavy police force was deployed.

After the disturbances in Jahangirpuri, many policemen have been deployed. At present, the situation is under control but the tension remains. In view of the possibility of any confrontation regarding this, security has also been increased in JNU as a precaution.

BJP State President Adesh Gupta has called it a conspiracy, while on the other hand the Congress State President Chaudhary Anil has appealed for peace and demanded a fair investigation. “Brotherhood of Delhi should be maintained. Do not pay heed to any kind of rumours. To save Delhi, work together to create brotherhood and peace,” he said.

Andhra Pradesh 

The Hanuman Janmotsav procession allegedly passed in front of a mosque area in Irla Katta while iftar was being held. People in the mosque protested against the loud DJ and as a result clashes erupted between two groups. Both sides attacked each other, resulting in the deaths of some people. 

The Andhra Pradesh BJP has condemned the incident. Somveer Raju, the party’s state president, demanded that those who attacked the procession be arrested immediately.

SP Kurnool Sudhir Reddy said, the Hanuman Janmotsav procession was organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and loud speakers were used without permission. When the procession was near the mosque, the police requested that they turn off their DJ equipment, but they started chanting Jai Shri Ram slogans to which Muslim began shouting Allah-o-Akbar slogans, according to the SP.

A police inspector, according to the SP, sent the VHP workers away from the spot. When the procession proceeded a little further away from the mosque, the DJ sets resumed. On this, the Muslim side objected, and a squabble erupted resulting into stone-pelting. The crowd dispersed by the time the police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident. 

Stone pelting took place between the two sides for about 10 minutes, according to Reddy. Twenty members have been arrested based on the footage. According to the local Circle Inspector, the situation was under control and investigation is under progress.


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