Fatehpur tense after clashes during Makar Sankranti procession

Circle Officer (CO), Fatehpur city, Poornendu Singh said that the clash happened as members of the Hindu community were taking out their annual procession through the town.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: January 15, 2016 2:25 am
Fatehpur, Fatehpur violence, Fatehpur tense, Fatehpur mob, Fatehpur clashes, Fatehpur tensions, makar sankranti, india news A motorcycle is set ablaze during the clash in Fatehpur on Thursday. PTI

Tension gripped Jahanabad town in Fatehpur district after members of two communities clashed during a procession on Makar Sankranti Thursday afternoon. Four persons were injured. While locals claimed they heard gunshots, police officials denied reports of firing by the rioters.

Circle Officer (CO), Fatehpur city, Poornendu Singh said that the clash happened as members of the Hindu community were taking out their annual procession through the town. The ‘shobha yatra’ started around 9.30 am and, as it passed through an area dominated by the other community, some people objected to the music being played on the DJ system that was part of the procession. A heated argument led to the clash, injuring a woman. The situation, however, was soon brought under control as police overpowered the troublemakers.

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The CO added that another clash took place as the procession passed through Kazi Tola locality. Some youth allegedly hurled a stone at the procession, which again triggered a confrontation between the two communities. As several people from both sides joined in, the situation turned tense, he said. Police, according to Singh, had a tough time dispersing the agitated crowd. Police also lathicharged the unruly mob.

IG (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh said that strong reinforcements from the RAF and PAC were rushed to the affected area, while an alert was sounded in adjoining districts of Hamirpur, Kanpur and Kaushambi. Troublemakers, however, managed to torch three shops and a motorcycle on the way.

SP Fatehpur, Rajiv Malhotra said that Section 144 has been imposed and strict vigil is being maintained in the area. “People behind the incident are being identified and strict action will be taken against them,” he said. Police are scanning video footage from along the procession’s route to identify the culprits.

Incidentally, VHP leader Pravin Togadia and Minister of State (MoS) for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti were in the town to attend a programme at the Ram Talaiya temple during the time of the incident. As the clash unfolded, Togadia was addressing a gathering at the temple, where the procession was to eventually conclude.

IG, Allahabad Zone, Brij Bhushan, who also rushed to Fatehpur along with Allahabad range DIG, said that Togadia’s programme ended peacefully and he left the spot soon after.

Talking to The Indian Express Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who is also the BJP MP from Fatehpur, said, “The yatra is taken out annually for the last 35 years. For the last 10 years, people from adjoining districts have also started taking part in it. Today’s incident is a failure on the part of the district police and the administration for not being able to provide adequate security to the yatra, despite being aware that it passes through sensitive areas.”

The minister added that she had spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and state government officials about the incident. She also claimed that two youths suffered gunshot injuries in the incident.

Meanwhile, police said that all the injured, except one, have been discharged from the district hospital after being given medical aid. A victim named Ansar, who sustained an injury near his eye, was rushed to Kanpur for treatment, IG Brij Bhushan added.


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  1. A
    Jan 15, 2016 at 4:28 am
    Hindus will keep getting defeated till the time they are divided on caste lines. Otherwise BJP should not have been defeated in Bihar. Only BJP rule in India can save Hindus from all other anti-Hindu parties.
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      Bijaya Dixit
      Jan 15, 2016 at 12:48 am
      .@noconversion Say few words for this great Conversion of a PIMP family as Your Rulers …
      1. P
        Jan 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm
        Jai Hind! where are the so called secularists and preacher of intolerance? Secular ?
        1. B
          Jan 15, 2016 at 1:23 am
          Hundu go win a glod medal in individual sports weak race on in this universe
          1. K
            Kanaka Subramaniam
            Jan 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm
            Y u do keep saying other community..have guts to tell the truth
            1. M
              madan gupta
              Jan 15, 2016 at 12:42 am
              हिन्दू तो पैदा ही मार खाने के लिए हुआ है. मार खा कर भी खुश रहता है, यह हिन्दू की पहचान है.
              1. A
                Anand Ch
                Jan 15, 2016 at 1:01 am
                These rogues must have thought again every body will return awards and they will be paid for stupid acts of violence.
                1. R
                  Rajiv Pande
                  Jan 15, 2016 at 12:55 am
                  Any comments about intolerance from liberal Hindu poets, writers, film stars, and academics?
                  1. S
                    Jan 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm
                    Dadri-up akhilesh govt. Malda-wb mamta govt. Purnia-bihar nitesh govt. Knatk- cong givt. Fathepur-up akhilesh govt. All the Above incident happen where non BJP govt. Then why media and plotical party blaming modi govt. Why not they are asking local state govt. State police administration are being control by the state govt. Blaming to others is not solution rather to find the solution.
                    1. S
                      Jan 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm
                      Hey Muslims out there please leave India there are plenty of Muslim countries you can call your home. If you find Hindu way of living offensive then please leave India and let everyone live peacefully. Seriously these things should stop firstly these Muslims create billions of offspring can't raise their kids how to live in society and above all creating environmental pollution either because of burning vehicles or bombing all over the world. Where these people live there cannot be peace and greens of nature. Put this people in cles that teach them civic pride and how to take care of the environment. When I read my Hindu scriptures and the beauty it describes about our Bharat seems heaven. I hope for one day our Hindus can live in peace. Muslims you must be beggars, looters, traitors, that's why you can't live in India peacefully. Control your envy and don't throw stones just because you people have bad history of ruling India and we Hindus confine to treat looters with respect is impossible. Please leave India as your hooligan behaviour is not wanted. Seriously India should give some incentive to Muslims to go abroad as my first option of teaching them will go in vain. I am not from India but find it very disturbing when such things happen.
                      1. V
                        Vinod Vinayak
                        Jan 15, 2016 at 4:50 am
                        even for a second there is muslim majority there is trouble. Hindus are not allowed to perform their religious duties and no one is rising the voice. us Hindus have to rise and form an army to defend ourselves, our way of life, our culture, and our well beings. no one other will do it for us.
                        1. V
                          Vinod Vinayak
                          Jan 15, 2016 at 4:47 am
                          start a Hindu army.
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