"Elaborate police security and communication arrangements have been made for smooth and peaceful observance of festivals, immersion and tazia procession," Sharma said adding Muharram will be observed on October 1 and October 2.
Two cars and four motorcycles were set ablaze during the clash, IGP (Kanpur) Alok Singh said. Four companies (around 400 personnel) of the PAC and a company of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the area to maintain peace.
For the last few days, hundreds of pilgrims from across cities and villages — even as far as Banke district of Nepal — made the two pavements near Nizamuddin Dargah their home before leaving for Ajmer to observe Muharram.
Unlike other festivals, it is not a joyful occasion. Muslims wear black on this day which is the colour of mourning and visit mosques and shrines. They take out processions and flog and beat themselves. See pics here.
Muharram, which is considered to be the most sacred of the months for Muslims was observed on Tuesday (November 4) amid tight security in the national capital with heavy police deployment in sensitive areas.