SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
East Delhi’s Trilokpuri on Tuesday set an example of communal harmony as Hindu volunteers came out to lead Muharram processions in the area which had witnessed violent clashes between two communities around the time of Diwali.
The six processions in the area on Tuesday which were all led by Hindu locals there, however, passed only through ‘safe’ routes identified by the police amidst heavy ground-to-air security along the way with drones also being employed to carry out an aerial survey.
“We had a meeting with the organisers and had chosen the relatively safe routes. We had deep deployment; a large number of men were stationed on roofs. The whole area was scanned by drones to see that nobody has stored bottles or stones on the roofs and we had also covered the lanes and bylanes which were opening on to the routes of the processions,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Ajay Kumar.
The processions, which also saw the volunteers serving refreshments, this time remained restrained as the participants in it did not carry any weapons.
Neither did they perform self-flagellation using objects like blades, chains and whips, which has been a tradition for these processions taken out to mark the mourning.
In a bid to bring back peace and harmony in the area after clashes there between two communities following a drunken brawl on Diwali night, 30 Hindu volunteers had come forward to lead six Muharram processions which originated from Blocks 27 and 37 of Trilokpuri.
“We had put personnel ahead of and at the tail of the procession. We held meetings with community volunteers where they put Chabbil (stalls) for giving sharbat and drinking water along the route. A large number of volunteers from the Aman committee joined the procession. In fact, they were sitting with the police guarding the Taziya so that nothing untoward happens when it was parked,” said Kumar.
Police had also roped in local volunteers to keep an eye on any suspicious activity and identify outsiders who may try to disrupt the peace in the locality.