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Kanpur: Several injured in stone pelting between two communities

The police first lathi-charged the crowd, but in vain, after which they resorted to throwing stones in response. Sources said that the miscreants had also fired in the air.

Sri Lasya Edited by: Sri Lasya @laasiyapriya Kanpur Updated on: June 03, 2022 19:54 IST
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Highlights

  • A clash broke out in Kanpur when a community called to shut down shops in Parade market
  • People from both communities in the area pelted stones at each other, 18 detained
  • Call for shutdown over comments made by BJP's Nupur Sharma about Prophet Mohammed in a TV debate

Kanpur violence: A violent clash broke out in Kanpur after Friday prayers when a community called to shut down shops at the Parade market. The market is one of the biggest wholesale retails in the city. When the call was announced, people from both communities in the area pelted stones at each other, causing a ruckus. When police officials came to rescue the situation, stones were thrown at them too. 

The police first lathi-charged the crowd, but in vain, after which they resorted to throwing stones in response. Sources quoted by news agency IANS said that the miscreants had also fired in the air. Clashes broke out in Pared, Nai Sadak and Yateemkhana areas of Kanpur, police said.

Eighteen people have been taken into custody for the incident. ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said that the situation had been brought under control and additional forces had been deployed. He said that video footage was being scanned to identify the accused.

Reason for the clashes

The call for a shutdown was initiated by some local leaders, including Maulana Mohammed Ali (MMA) Jauhar Fans Association chief Hayat Zafar Hashmi. They were enraged over the alleged comments made by BJP leader Nupur Sharma about Prophet Mohammed in a televised debate, reported news agency PTI.

The two sides hurled bombs and opened fire as members of one of the groups attempted to shut shops over alleged insulting remarks, said police. Hundreds of people had gathered at the parade intersection, and at around 3 pm, the two communities started the clashes that resulted in multiple injuries. 

As a precaution, police patrols have been increased in other markets of the city to keep the violence confined to just one area.

PM Modi and President Kovind in Kanpur Dehat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind are currently in Kanpur Dehat, a neighboring district around the same time when the clashes broke out. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, along with senior police and administration officials of the district, visited Paraunkh village in Kanpur on Thursday and inspected the arrangements.

Also Read | Video row: Muslim body files complaint against BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma

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