The situation remains tense in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday as thousands of followers of Ittehad-e-Millat Council chief Tauqeer Raza Khan took to the streets after police detained the Islamic cleric for giving a ‘bharo jail’ for the Gyanvapi case.
Stone-pelting was reported in the Shahmat Ganj area, in which one person was injured, police said. The district magistrate said the police are investigating the matter and an FIR will be lodged.
On Thursday, Tauqeer Raza Khan gave a ‘bharo andolan jail’ (fill the prison), asking his followers to follow him and offer his arrest to the police.
Tauqeer Raza Khan made the call in protest against Statement by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the Assembly that Muslims should voluntarily give up their rights over the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and the Shahi Idgah Mosque in Mathura.
Thousands of Raza Khan supporters took to the streets after Friday’s namaz. The videos showed them pushing each other with the
Around 1,000 police officers were at the scene to maintain public order. All major intersections, mixed population areas and entry and exit points of the city are controlled by the police.
Six additional superintendents of police and 12 circle officers are also on the ground to monitor the situation.
The situation remains tense in the area as Bareilly also borders Uttarakhand, where communal clashes took place in Haldwani on Thursday night.
Speaking of the Haldwani incidentRaza Khan said: “If the government wants violence, we are ready. We are not afraid of police or bullets. The government is running a bulldozer (on the madrasa). The Supreme Court should take note, but it is working under pressure from the government. “
WHAT DID YOGI ADITYANATH SAY AT THE UP ASSEMBLY?
Addressing the UP Assembly on Wednesday, Yogi Adityanath said he mentioned the disputed Gyanvapi and Shahi Idgah mosques. Invoking Lord Krishna of ‘Mahabharat’, the Chief Minister said that while Krishna wanted five villages, the Hindu society asked for only three centres.
“Everyone in the country is happy that Lord Ram has been installed in the temple. This is the first time in the world that Lord Ram Lalla himself had to present evidence of his own existence. But this teaches us to persevere… “We were happy not only because Lord Ram found his place but also because we kept our words… mandir wahi banaya… We did not just talk. We led by example,” the UP Chief Minister said.
“This (pran-pratisha of Ram Temple) should have happened earlier. We know the matter was subjudice. But Ayodhya roads could have been widened and an airport could have been built. But what was this mentality to stop the development?” from Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura?” -Adityanath asked.
Contributions from Krishna Raj of Bareilly