Cops meet clerics to avoid ‘more’ clashes

After the sectarian clash on Wednesday, causing two deaths, the Lucknow police are holding meetings with clerics of two different sects to avoid disturbance during processions of Chup Tazia and Madhe Sahaba which have to be taken out in Old City on January 21 and 25, respectively.

While Chup Tazia will be taken out by the Shia community starting from Nazim Shah ka Imambara in Chowk area and converging at Kazmain locality in Saadatganj area on January 21, Sunni community will be taking out Madhe Sahaba procession from Jhandewalan Park in Aminabad area to Eidgah in Aishbagh locality on January 25, said Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police R K Chaturvedi. The routes of both the processions are located in sensitive pockets of the Old City area.

The SSP said they are holding meetings with clerics of both the sects and having discussions with people from both the sides to ensure that the processions are taken out peacefully.

He also said that the heavy police force including para-military personnel have already been deployed in those areas which are on the routes of the processions.

Old City: KEY ACCUSED ARRESTED

One of the key accused named in the case of firing incident — Mohammad Naeem alias Nammu — who is a corporator was arrested on Saturday. Nammu, who is a cousin of ex-BSP MP Dawood Ahmad, was named in a case of attempt to murder which was lodged on the complaint of the critically injured victim Sayyad Hassan Taki Rizvi alias Urfi at the Wazirganj police station. Six cases have been registered into the matter of firing at a gathering of one sect at Deputy ka Maqbara on Wednesday. Nammu was produced before the court from where he was sent to jail in the evening.

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