New Delhi: The Bareilly administration has imposed curfew in the district till July 3. Following the Kanpur violence, police have imposed curfew under Section-144 as a precaution before the major protest announced by Muslim cleric Tauqir Raza on June 10.
According to the administration, not more than five people will be allowed to gather in public places during the curfew period. During this, there will also be a ban on picketing.
After the violence that broke out in Kanpur on Friday, the administration has taken this step to avoid any unpleasant situation like there.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Police have booked over 800 people, arrested 24, including the main accused Hayat Jaffar Hashmi, along with several other suspects. The police have also detained 12 for questioning in connection with rioting and violence in Kanpur.
The accused will be booked under the stringent National Security Act and the Gangster Act while the possible role of groups like the Popular Front of India (PFI) and others is being looked into, said Kanpur Police Commissioner VS Meena.
Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, Properties of those involved in the violence will be seized or demolished.
“We have identified 36 people who were involved in the violence with help of CCTV footage and other video recordings of the incidents. A total of 24 people have been arrested so far of which 18 were held on Friday,” the Kanpur police commissioner said.
Among those arrested is Hayat Zafar Hashmi, the chief of Maulana Mohammed Ali (MMA) Jauhar Fans Association which is a local social group. Hashmi, who is suspected to be the mastermind behind the violence, was arrested along with three others from the Hazratganj area of Lucknow.
What happened in Kanpur?
A violent clash broke out between two groups belonging to different communities allegedly over a market shutdown in Kanpur on Friday after which the security was also beefed up between Yateem Khana and Parade crossroads.
Two persons and one policeman were injured in the aftermath of the clashes. The violence started after some people tried to shut down shops that were opposed by the other group, said the police.