Five injured as Sunnis clash with police (Superseding earlier story)March 10th, 2009 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, March 10 (IANS) Five people were injured when Sunni Muslims clashed with police after being prevented from taking out a procession on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi here Tuesday, the authorities said.
“There was a pitched battle when we tried to stop their Julus-e-Mohammadi procession” on the Shahmina road, Deputy Inspector General of police N.K. Srivastava told IANS. Milad-un-Nabi is the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.
“We resorted to force when people started throwing stones at police and damaging public vehicles,” he said. Police used tear gas and batons to disperse hundreds trying to take out the procession, he said.
While police claimed that only five people were injured, some reports put the figure at 15.
According to officials, the Julus-e-Mohammadi procession of Sunnis was banned in the mid-1980s in Uttar Pradesh following violence between Shias and Sunnis.