A Ram Navami procession is taken out by Hindu groups in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri without police permission. Reports suggest there is heavy police deployment to control the rally due to communal hostilities.
Last year, a Hanuman Jayanti procession turned violent in Jahangirpuri on April 16, 2022, leaving dozens injured. Muslim groups accused police inaction in escalating violence that saw stone pelting and arson.
“We have deployed the local police and riot control force along with four companies of outside forces to ensure law and order is maintained and no untoward incident takes place. The situation is under control and people are also cooperating,” a cop told NDTV.
Police have clarified that permission to hold a ‘Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra’ in Jahangirpuri was denied. Police asked them to restrict their celebrations to a park.
Police said permission for praying at a park during Ramzan was also denied.
PTI reports, quoted Jitendra Kumar Meena, DCP NW District, Delhi Police, stating, “an organisation sought permission for a 4-5 km long Shobha Yatra (in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Ram Navami), which was denied. Later, they accepted the permission to restrict the procession within 100 metres.”
After the violence last year Muslim houses and properties were demolished.