Communal violence breaks out on first day of Ramadan in Bareilly

By TCN Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: Communal violence broke out on the first day of Ramadan yesterday in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. One member of the minority community is said to have been killed in the firing by Kanwarias around Maghrib prayer on Sunday when people were preparing for breaking the Roza (fast). To control the situation, curfew has been clamped in four police station areas.

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A resident from the curfew-bound area told TCN over phone a short while ago, that tension is prevailing in the areas and to control the situation the district police have clamped curfew in four police station areas – Baradari, Prem Nagar, Kotwali and Subhash Nagar.

Body of the Muslim boy killed in the communal violence on Sunday evening in Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh. He was buried on Monday

Giving details about how the violence started, he said: Kanwarias were singing song and making noise near a mosque in Shahbad area when Maghrib (evening) prayer was to start. Muslims requested the Kanwarias to slow down the song for namaz, they didn’t, which led to scuffle between members of the two sides. The clashes spread fast and a mob of Kanwarias set ablaze Sabzi Mandi. They also opened fire and Muslim boy was said to be killed and two wounded. Shahbad area in the past also witnessed communal clashes.

As the situation was getting out of control, the police clamped curfew.

Right now heavy police forces have been deployed in the area. No arrest has been made so far.