Desecration of Quran leads to tension in Uttar Pradesh town

February 26th, 2009 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 26 (IANS) Members of the Muslim community took to the streets and blocked traffic in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district after a half-burnt and torn copy of the Quran was found, the police said Thursday.
The holy book was found torn and its pages burnt near the Chhoti Masjid in the Khwajkhan locality in Jaayas town Wednesday night, police added.

“We have registered a case against unidentified people, while another case has been filed against one person identified as Pappu Halwai,” district police chief Tarun Gaba told IANS on phone.

A company of Provincial Armed Constabulary along with district police have been deployed in the town after protesters took to the streets, added Gaba.

Protesters blocked roads, disrupting traffic in various parts of Jaayas, about 90 km from here. The police are yet to make any arrest in the case.

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