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Mosque appeals for calm in Jafrabad, crowd begins to thin

Jafrabad violence: A mosque in Jafrabad took a welcome step of making a public appeal to the stone-pelting crowd to stop violence and maintain calm. The announcement was made from loudspeakers of the mosque after Azan which had a great impact on the violence and there were moments of peace. The crowd in the immediate vicinity of the Mosque thinned out and people appeared to clear the streets.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: December 17, 2019 17:10 IST
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The mosque that made the appeal

Jafrabad violence: A mosque in Jafrabad took a welcome step of making a public appeal to the stone-pelting crowd to stop violence and maintain calm. The announcement was made from loudspeakers of the mosque after Azan which had a great impact on the violence and there were moments of peace. The crowd in the immediate vicinity of the Mosque thinned out and people appeared to clear the streets.

The mosque named Bab-ul-Uloom conducted Azan (Muslim prayer) right when the area was hit by violence. The invocation of name of the God calmed the violent mob. Youngsters stopped pelting stones at the policemen and simply stood in the street. An appeal of peace was soon made through loudspeakers of the mosque. The voice through the mosque urged the people to cease the violence and let peace prevail.

The appeal had an immediate effect, violence in the immediate vicinity of the mosque ceased and crowd thinned noticeably.

Earlier in the day, angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law clashed with police, pelted stones at them and damaged several buses in Northeast Delhi's Seelampur area.

Police resorted to baton charges and fired tear gas shells on the protesters who were marching from Seelampur towards Jafrabad.

Clashes erupted between police and protesters at Seelampur Chowk when the security personnel tried to stop them from moving ahead.

According to a senior police officer, the protest began at around 12 pm. The protesters raised slogans against the new law as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The clashes erupted two days after violence broke out in the New Friends area in South Delhi. 

(With PTI inputs)

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