In view of the prevailing atmosphere in the city, police have initiated steps for the removal of flags and buntings put up across the city for Milad-un Nabi. While Sunday’s processions were largely peaceful, senior officers who monitored the police bandobust, felt that the religious fervour was noticeably high this year compared to previous years. Around 30,000 people participated in the 42 Milad processions organised in the South Zone, which was about 7,000 more than the previous year’s figure.
In 2010, communal clashes were witnessed in the Old City after a group tried to remove religious buntings put up by another community. Given the recent communal attacks during Bakrid and large turnout for processions, all police stations in South Zone and some in West Zone were asked to stay alert till Hanuman Jayanti on April 6.
“The process of removing buntings will start from Monday night with the support of peace committee members and GHMC authorities,” deputy commissioner of police (DCP), South Zone, Manish Kumar Sinha said. “Among the 30,000 participants, there were hardly 30 trouble-makers who caused some minor problems. Otherwise, it was a well-behaved and well-organized event this year,” the DCP added.
The West Zone police have also initiated the process of removal of flags and buntings. “We will ask the organisers to remove buntings. If they fail to comply, then GHMC workers will do it with our assistance,” additional DCP, West Zone, R Ravinder Reddy said. Courtesy:TOI