Police resort to lathi- charge on protesters Senior administrative, police officers review law and order situation
Ujjain: Prohibitory orders were clamped in the City on Tuesday after members of a particular community clashed with the police. The trouble started when police stopped activists of an organisation belonged to the community from entering a particular locality for which they had not sought permission. The activists were protesting against police cases filed against the organisation chief and some of its activists.
As the protesters tried to forcefully enter the highly sensitive area, police resorted to lathi- charge. The angry protesters clashed with police and even misbehaved with some senior police officials. Later, looking to the situation, the district administration imposed Section 144 in all the police station areas of the city.
About 150 activists of the organisation under the banner of Akhand Hindu Sena assembled at the Danigate area at about noon and moved towards the Police Control Room in a rally, where the administration had convened a meeting to know their submissions. The rally first moved towards Dhaba Road and the agitated activists tried to clash with members of another community near Jama Maszid. Though the police controlled the situation, the protesters and the members of another community shouted slogans against each other. City Quazi Khaliqurreham also rushed there to pacify the youths.
The rally thenmoved towards Teliwada and the protesters allegedly shouted slogans against the local head of a particular community, whose residence is located there. Protesting it, hundreds of youth from the particular community assembled at Tanki Chowk and started shouting slogans. Meanwhile, the rally passed through Kanthal, Nai Sadak and Favvara Chowk. The protesters tried to enter into the Topkhana area instead of moving towards Daulatganj Square- Malipura or Daulatganj Square- Indoregate Road. Policemen stopped them from entering the highly sensitive area which prompted some of the protesters to misbehave with CSP Saurabh Mishra ( IPS officer). They also slappedMahakal SI Kapil Sharma.
Peeved over police action, the organisation activists moved towards Doodtalai Tiraha and some of them tried to enter Shikari Gali and other localities dominated by a particular community. The protesters were shouting slogans against a particular communitywhich forced the other side to counter it. When situation became tense, police swung into action and resorted to cane- charge the protesters. Irked over the police action, some numbers of the rally left their vehicles and started running towardsDoodhtalai, GheeMandi, Indoregate areas. Injured Mahesh Aanjana and Aakash Meena were admitted to the Civil Hospital.
Soon the administration clamped Section 144 of the CrPC under the jurisdiction of two police stations viz Mahakal and Dewasgate. Protesting against the police lathicharge, the activists of the Akhand Hindu Sena decided to boycott themeeting at the Police Control Room. The incident created panic among the pro- Hindu organisation activists. They staged an angry demonstration at Doodhtalai- Indoregate areas and also indulged in heated exchange with the police officers. Later, hundreds of them reached at Dewasgate Square and resorted to chakkajam.
On the occasion, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader including Acharya Shekhar, Ashok Kotwani, Virendra Kale, Shiv Sena Gauraksha Nyas president Manish Singh Chauhan, Dinesh Shrivastava, BJMState secretary Dhananjaya Sharma, Jayvantrao Garud, Lokendra Mehta expressed deep resentment against the police action. Acharya Shekhar said that police have failed to arrest those who defaced the presiding deity at ancient Kheda Hanuman Mandir and those who are openly patronising SIMI activists. They also opposed registering a case against Rupesh Thakur on the behest of City Quazi Khaliqurrehman.
Shekhar also threatened to call an Ujjain Bandh if police continued to protect the communal forces. District collector BM Sharma and SP Anurag along with ADM Avadhesh Sharma, ASP ( City) RajeshVyas and others rushed to the spot to pacify the agitating organisation activists.
Apprehending their mood, the collector immediately ordered to clamp Section 144 of the CrPC. SP informed that if the police personnel did not act at Daulatganj Square and Shikari Gali, the situation would have been out of control. Acharya Shekhar told Free Press that the administration assured them to take all necessary action in thematter.
These developments led to various speculations in the entire city and district. Since, the school closing timing coincided with the incident timings, parents and students were affected. Sudden change in routes also caused great inconveniences to the people. Rumour mongers also tried their level best to create panic among people. Social media sites added fuel to the fire. The result was that City Quazi declined to turn up in a special meeting convened at the Police Control Room at about 4 pm.
Divisional Commissioner Arun Pandey, IGVMadhu Kumar and other senior administrative and police officers also swung into action and conducted inspection of the hypersensitive and sensitive areas. They also reviewed the lawand order situation during a meeting and visited the Civil Hospital to know the condition of injured people.
According to the IG, some miscreants tried to disturb the communal harmony, but the policemen did not
allowboth the groups to come face to face. He informed that additional force comprising three companies of SAF and two other companies have been deployed in hypersensitive and sensitive areas to curb any untoward incident. He also said that a case is being registered against those protesters who manhandled the police officials.
Innocent boy trapped in lathi- charge
A 17- year- old boy identified as Aakash, son of Mahesh Meena, a resident of 9, Indoregate Square also sustained head injuries during the cane- charge. He has been admitted in the Civil Hospital. He told Free Press that he was returning to house after purchasing vegetable from the Daulatganj vegetable market. “ On seeing the mob I decided to stand aside the road, but police did not spare me,” he said, adding “ I showed my vegetable bag to the policemen and told them that I am not part of the protesters, but they did not listen.” Standard student Aakash’s father works as a conductor with the Ashoka Bus Services and has been on a month- long pilgrimage. His mother Sangita was alone at the house at the time of the incident. Local resident Shari Mathur took him to the Civil Hospital and then he informed his mother about the incident.
Cong dharna deferred
The City Congress Committee ( CCC) has deferred its dharna, which it was scheduled to organise on Wednesday noon at Chamunda Mata Mandir Square. CCC chief Anant Narayan Meena informed that the dharna agitation was deferred keeping in mind the law and order situation and clamping of Section 144 of the CrPC. On Tuesday afternoon, Meena was to address a press conference at the Press Club to highlight the objectives of the CCC’s dharna agitation, but it was also cancelled.
- The Anti- Terrorist Squad ( ATS) arrested SIMI kingpin Abu Faizal from Sendhwa of Barwani district along with Mahidpur’s SIMI activist Irfan Nagori on December 23. Faizal along with six other SIMI operatives had escaped from Khandwa Jail on the intervening night of September 30 and October 1
- ATS arrested Javed Nagori from Mahidpur and Abdul Aziz, Mohammed Adil and Abdul Wahid ( all residents of Ujjain) on the intervening night of December 30- 31 and seized a cache of explosives from their possession
- Hundreds of Muslims resorted to chakkajam on late night of January 1 to oppose arrests of innocent youths
- Several Muslim clerics organised a press conference to oppose the ATS action on January 3 and demanded a CBI enquiry into the matter
- Some miscreants defaced the presiding deity at Khade Hanuman Mandir, Sarafa on January 4
- Pro- Hindu organisation activists staged a demonstration on January 4 in front of the Police Control Room and demanded the SP to take strict action against anti- socials
- Muslim people gheraoed the Mahakal police station on late night of January 4 to register offence against pro- Hindu activist Rupesh Thakur. Police did so
- On January 5, the pro- Hindu organization activists took out a rally to oppose registration of an offence against Rupesh Thakur
- City Quazi Khaliqqurrehman and other clerics along with District Congress Committee president Jai Singh Darbar met the Governor Ramnaresh adav in Bhopal on January 6 to oppose