The Eid procession started stone-pelting and scores of policemen were injured. The police had to resort to the lathi charge and fired teargas to disperse unruly crowds.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession in Jabalpur turned violent after some mischievous elements threw burning crackers on police. The procession was taking place peacefully when a section of the procession tried to take an alternative route. They were stopped by the police and an altercation resulted.
The Eid procession started stone-pelting and scores of policemen were injured. The police had to resort to the lathi charge and fired teargas to disperse unruly crowds. The melee lasted for more than two hours before the order was replaced.
The original route for which permission was granted included Madar Tekri, Raddi Chowki and was to end at Subbah Shah Ground. At 3.00 PM the procession suddenly changed its route and entered Kotwali Road. When the procession was stopped by the police, trouble erupted. Some elements in the Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession started hurling firecrackers at the police. A number of policemen were injured. The police had to resort to lathi-charge and then fired a number of tear gas rounds before the situation could be controlled.
Both City Collector Karmvir Sharma, and City S.P Sidharth Bahuguna was present to take care of the situation after the Eid Milad-un-Nabi violence. The procession later commenced peacefully after intervention by community elders and religious scholars. S.P Sidhartha Bahuguna later told the press that some mischievous elements in the procession tried to create communal disturbances but their nefarious designs have been foiled. These elements have been identified and they will soon be charge-sheeted.
Jabalpur has a sizeable minority community and the incidence of communal disturbances is very rare. Major festivals like Dusherra and Moharram are celebrated in the spirit of communal harmony. COVID-19 restrictions have for the last two years put a brake on all major festivals. The pent up feeling could be attributed to the disturbances during the Idd procession.