Muharram processions turn violent in several states, 8 killed and many injured

Muharram processions

New Delhi: Several states witnessed violence and clashes during Muharram processions on Saturday, resulting in the death of eight people and injuries to many others, including police personnel.

In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, a communal clash erupted between Shia and Sunni Muslims in the Doshipura area, leaving several people wounded and vehicles damaged. In the Amroha district of the same state, two people died and 52 were electrocuted when DJs touched high-voltage wires during a procession.

In Delhi, some miscreants pelted stones at the police when they were stopped from changing the designated route of their procession in the Nangloi area of West Delhi. The police had to use mild force to disperse the unruly crowd. Twelve policemen were injured in the incident.

In Jharkhand’s Bokaro, four people died and 13 others were injured when lightning struck them as they were carrying a Tazia that came in contact with an 11,000-volt wire. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

In Gujarat’s Rajkot, two people lost their lives and 22 others were injured due to electrocution when a Tazia touched a 22 KV overhead electric wire in the Rasool Para area.

Muharram processions

In Bihar’s Bhagalpur, a 16-year-old girl from another community was injured in a firecracker explosion during a procession in the Naugachia sub-division. In Kaimur district, a clash broke out between two groups when a Tazia procession was passing through Ekta Chowk in Bhabhua. The district administration intervened and restored peace in both places.