Cops yet to make any arrest in Alvida namaz violence
Delay Despite Official Claims That Some Hooligans Identified
Rajiv Srivastava TNN
Lucknow: After slammed by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court,which took serious view over the violence that took place after theculmination of Alvida namaz in the city recently and soughtstate governments reply as to what actions it has taken for installation of new statues and bringing the culprits to book,senior officials claimed that a few hooligans have been identified.However,what is intriguing is that none have been arrested so far.
This assumes serious dimensions,as the group,which had initially given the call for demonstration to protest against alleged violence in Assam and Burma had decided not to stage protest after persuasion by the district administration and police officials.The supporters of the group were duly informed,the police had then claimed.
It also makesclear thatthe culpritswere noneother than those who wanted to vitiate the atmosphere and infuse communal hatred in a city known for its nawabi culture,and brings the police under the scanner as to what is stopping it to act tough against those who flaunted vandalism to the extent of damaging the idols of Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha.
The hooligans strangely didn't stop here,they even manhandled camerapersons and press photographers who had grabbed their heinous act in their cameras.Their bid to target scribes is testimony to the fact that they were not serious about their protest,but only wanted to vitiate the atmosphere, DIG (range ) Navniet Sekera had told reporters on August 19 and added that is why they either had covered their faces or wanted camerapersons not to click them indulging in vandalism.
Sekera also had said that a fewof hooligans,whowereinvolved in making an attempt todisrupt peace andharmony in the city known for its cultural values,havebeen identified and said the process to taken direct action against them will be expedited immediately after Eid.
The action-taking process has been deliberately slowed down in view of the festival to stop trouble makers to take advantage of the festival in disrupting peace of the city,Sekera had told mediapersons.He had also assured of transparent and effective action against all the trouble makers who were involved in Fridays incident in the city.However,both transparent and effective action against all the trouble makers is still awaited.Thecourthas posted the matter for next hearing on August 29.
The dilly-dallying approach adopted by the district and police administration in the state capital had come for questioning on the day of Alvida namaaz when the marchers had started from Teelewaali Masjid and moved till Hazratganj Crossing.The police at most of the places had remained a mute spectator and had not made a single arrest despite hooligans indulging in vandalism intermittently.Not only this,the hooligans had crossed Pariwartan Chowk to reach Hazratganj Crossing without cops even trying to stop them even once.
In fact Sekera while talking to journalists on August 19 had admitted that it were lapses on the part of the police administration that allowedhooliganstocrossP ariwartan Chowk and reach till Hazratganj Crossing.Efforts to contact the DIG (range ) and SSP RK Chaturvedi on Saturday proved futile.
Admin to replace Lord Mahaviras statue
Lucknow: The district authorities will install a new statue of Lord Mahavira at Mahavira Park.According to district magistrate Anurag Yadav the idol,that will cost Rs 21 lakh,will be installed within a week.The idol was damaged by a mob after Alvida namaz last week on Friday,much to the embarrassment of the state government.The decision to install new idol of Mahavira was taken after a delegation from Indian Jain Prabodhini met the DM and raised the demand to install a new idol.Yadav said that the state government has already directed the culture department to install a new idol.
Meanwhile,the cash counters at Lucknow Municipal Corporation will remain open on Sunday between 10am and 3pm to allow people to depositthe house tax.This will be the last Sunday before August 31 when the scheme to deposit house tax with 10% rebate will come to a close.TNN