According to officials, groups of Hindus and Muslims pelted stones at each other during a procession on the occasion of the birthday of the Hindu god Hanuman on Saturday night, injuring six policemen and several others.
|A security guard stops people on a street in the Jahangirpuri area of the Indian capital, New Delhi, on April 17, 2022, after clashes during a Hindu religious procession.|
Indian police say 14 people have been arrested in connection with violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims during a Hindu religious procession in the capital of New Delhi.
According to the Associated Press (AP), groups of Hindus and Muslims pelted stones at each other during a procession on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Hindu god Hanuman in Jahangirpuri on Saturday night.
According to Reuters, six policemen and several others were injured in the clashes, but no casualties were reported.
Police are investigating the incident but it is not yet clear what was the real cause of the violent incident. According to police: They are being identified for strict legal action against the remaining rioters.
The New Delhi Police Commissioner had tweeted on Saturday night that the situation in the area was under control and additional police personnel had been deployed for patrolling there.
|This photo from April 17, 2022, shows the broken windows of a car after a collision in the Jehangir Puri area of New Delhi.|
Clashes have broken out between the majority Hindu and minority Muslim communities during religious processions in many parts of the country in recent weeks.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has in recent years encouraged hardline religious groups to pursue the goals they claim to defend Hindu Dharma. However, Modi’s party denies the escalation of religious tensions during his rule
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the government’s minister for minority affairs, said in an interview published on Sunday that intolerance among religious communities was not deteriorating. He termed the recent incidents as minor.
He said in an interview with The Economic Times that “those elements who are not able to digest peace and prosperity in the country are trying to discredit India’s universal culture and determination.
New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has condemned the incident and appealed for peace in the city.
On the other hand, in the videos posted on social media, the roads of Jahangir Puri are seen filled with pieces of glass and stones, while in the pictures, badly damaged vehicles can be seen.