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Possible Rathyatra, Eid-ul-Fitr clash gives Ahmedabad police jitters Possible Rathyatra, Eid-ul-Fitr clash gives Ahmedabad police jitters

Jul-03-2015 | 0 Comments


AHMEDABAD: The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr may be celebrated this year on July 18, the same date on which the city will also celebrate the 138th Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath. The last time the two festivals were celebrated on the same day was in 1985.

For this reason, the top brass of the city police are being extra cautious in their preparations for the day. On Thursday, joint commissioner of police (special branch) Vikas Sahay and senior municipal officials met leaders of the Muslim community and discussed security for July 18 if the two festivals take place the same day.

Imam of Ahmedabad's Jama Masjid, Mufti Shabbir Ahmed, said that if the moon is sighted on the evening of the 29th day of Ramzan, Eid will be celebrated on July 18. Otherwise, it will be celebrated the next day (July 19).

Social worker and member of Peace Committee, Aziz Gandhi, remembers the last time in 1985 when Eid and Rathyatra had fallen the same day. "Unfortunately, there was large-scale communal violence on that day in Dariapur and Shahpur. Eight people were killed in police firing," he said.

The festival of Rathyatra used to be a tense day for people, especially after the Babri Masjid demolition and the 2002 riots. However, lately it has been celebrated with goodwill as many Muslim leaders in different localities had welcomed the procession.

The police, however, are not taking any chances. Ahmedabad police commissioner Shivanand Jha said the police are aware of the importance of special prayers said during morning hours on the day of Eid. This year, the Rathyatra procession would be taken from the Jagannath temple and pass through Jamalpur at the same time.

"We have doubled security arrangements in Muslim-dominated areas with special bandobast and additional deployment of forces at places near mosques and Eidgahs," said Jha.

The police commissioner said they are in touch with Muslim leaders regarding barricading of roads and restricting public movement during the procession. "During the past few years, we have tried to reduce tension by minimizing restrictions on public movement. We will take great care that people do not feel obstructed," Jha said.

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