Vijayawada: Muslims took out a peace rally in the city on Wednesday in protest against brutal murder of a cleric at a mosque in Rajamahendravaram recently. They demanded that the government take preventive measures to check such incidents in future in the state.
Muslims taking out a peace rally in Vijayawada on Wednesday
Muslim leaders representing 13 organisations participated in the peace march which was taken out from Mother Theresa statue junction in Moghalrajpuram to Sub-Collector’s office. Later, they submitted a representation in the office demanding the government punish the guilty for murdering a 60-year-old cleric. More than 2,000 Muslims holding banners and flags participated in the march.
Muslims had taken permission to take out the rally via MG Road. But the police raised objection and asked Muslims to go through five number route via Moghalrajpuram, Jammi Chettu Junction. But Muslims denied it and forcibly went towards MG Road passing via DV Manor Road.
Arguments took place between police and Muslims on the occasion. Some Muslims enraged over denial of permission to go through the MG Road staged a sit in protest on the road. In the meantime, several hundred Muslims defied the police instructions and passed towards the MG Road forcibly and reached Sub-Collector’s office.
Earlier, DCP Kanti Rana Tata flagged off the rally and asked Muslim leaders to maintain restraint. Amidst tight security, the rally reached the Sub-Collector’s office where some representatives were allowed to go inside the office and submit a representation.
Muslims raised slogans demanding the government punish the guilty who brutally murdered the care taker of mosque. Leaders representing Sunni Jammat, Jamat-e-Islami and other sects and associations participated in the rally. Muslim leaders of YSRCP, TDP, Congress and Telugu Desam joined the peace rally and discussed with the police personnel for smooth passing off the rally.