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Violence continues in Bareilly; Muslim SP leaders clueless

By TCN Staff Reporter

Bareilly: Violence continued on the second day in Bareilly. Curfew too has been extended in other parts of the city. Amidst the curfew, several shops were torched while stone pelting incidents were also reported. Police fired rubber shots and resorted to lathi charge to control the mob. ADG (Law and Order) Jagmohan Yadav toured the affected area.

As per reports, the second day after violence witnessed stone pelting, lathi charge. Violence was reported from Joginwada and Vankhandi Mandir. Several kiosks which were owned by meat-sellers were torched by the mob of Kanwariyas. The mob then headed towards Chawal Mandi where they made attempt for looting the shops. Several automobile shops and foam shops were also set on fire at Sanjay Nagar. With Muslims remaining indoors, the Kanwariyas had a field day. Their numbers swelled as batches kept on arriving at regular
interval. Each one of them indulging in their share of arsoning. When police made a feeble attempt to rein in Kanwariyas by beating lathis on road, they damaged several buses and the police made a retreat.

Zari-worker Imran who died of gun shot wounds was buried today in Bareilly.

Areas like Shahamatganj, Pajaya Crossing, Model Town—all Muslim localities witnessed heavy police force. Police also resorted to lathi charge to keep them indoors. Sproadic incidents of stone pelting was reported in these areas.

Meanwhile violence has also been reported from Aonal constituency and police has imposed curfew.

Meanwhile Imran, the zari worker’s body was laid to rest in Saimalkheda graveyard. He had died due to gun shot yesterday. Locals claimed that he died of police bullet. Administration has announced a relief of Rs two lakhs to his kins.

Policemen firing over the Imam Raza Khan Library building which also has a mazar of a sufi saint — in the premises of Maulana Azad Inter College in the Muslim-dominated old city area in Bareilly on Monday noon

Meanwhile, as Bareilly burnt, all news was blocked at Lucknow. No inputs were available. Cabinet minister Azam Khan when asked about the situation in Bareilly remarked: “It is a sad development. But police had acted well. Curfew has been imposed. No new incident has been reported.” Perhaps, Azam was not aware of the development or he did not want to know the developments. Either way, he seemed helpless.

This is the third major incident of rioting where Muslims have been the target in the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) government.

It is ironical that Muslim leaders who left no stone unturned in seeking vote for SP during elections are not visible anymore when Muslims are at receiving end.

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