New Delhi: A day after being denied permission to hold any procession, Hindus in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area on Thursday defied a police order and held a procession to mark the occasion of Ram Navami.
The “Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra” witnessed thousands of Hindus who took part in the march holding banners and flags amid heavy deployment of police, Siasat reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi Police denied permission to a group for holding the ‘Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra’ on Ram Navami in northwest Delhi’s Jaahangirpuri area which was rocked by violence during a Hanuman Jayanti procession last year.
The official order declining permission for the ‘Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra’ was signed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) of the northwest district and issued on Monday, according to the news agency PTI.
“I am directed to inform you that your request for ‘Shree Ram Bhagwan Pratima Yatra’ on the occasion of Ram Navami Mahotsav on Thursday has been considered by the competent authority but could not be acceded to form a law and order point of view,” the order read.
Another permission sought by a group for praying at a park in Netaji Subhash Place on Ramzan has also been denied as it was also deemed “not traditional”, police said as quoted by PTI.
On April 16, clashes broke out between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Jahangirpuri, leaving eight police personnel and a local resident injured. According to the police, there was stone pelting and arson during the clashes, and some vehicles were also torched.