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.
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.