Administration bars Ulema Council meet

One person was killed and two injured, while 50 shops were damaged in the violence.

Allahabad | Published: February 27, 2014 1:00:03 am

The Azamgarh district administration Wednesday prevented Rashtriya Ulema Council from holding a meeting of its workers at Fariha in the wake of the violence in Muhammadpur under Gambhirpur police station area of Azamgarh district Monday. 

One person was killed and two injured, while 50 shops were damaged in the violence. Syed Wasim Ahmed, who had allegedly led the mob and was arrested and sent to jail Wednesday. Azamgarh Range DIG said tension prevailed in two affected villages but no untoward incident occurred after Monday night. The market was open but the PAC personnel along with local police teams are deployed in the area.

Additional District Magistrate (City), Ashutosh Dwivedi, said: “A programme of the workers of Rashtriya Ulema Council had been planned in Fariha. However, the administration had not given permission for the same. When they tried to take out a march, the administration officials and the police talked to workers and the programme was not allowed to be held.”

Fariha is four kms away from Muhammadpur on the road towards Azamgarh. Tahir Madni, a senior office-bearer of the Council, said: “In the wake of the Muhammadpur incident, we decided the programme should be stopped.”

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