Thirteen Muslims have been booked in connection with allegations of throwing stones and shouting slogans during a procession taken out on the Hindu festival of Hanuman Jayanti in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar on Saturday night, The Indian Express reported.
Of these, nine have been arrested, according to The Times of India.
The alleged incident took place when the procession was passing through a Muslim-dominated area in Danda Jalalpur village under the Bhagwanpur police station area.
“Some elements jeopardised communal harmony there [Haridwar],” said YS Rawat, senior superintendent of police, ANI reported. “Police were deployed, brought [the] situation under control and perpetrators arrested.”
Over 60 police officers have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order, Senior Superintendent of Police Yogendra Yadav told ANI. Personnel will inspect the area again, he added.
The first information report was registered under the Indian Penal Code sections relating to rioting and promoting enmity on religious grounds.
Four persons have received minor injuries, said Karan Singh Nagnyal, Garhwal deputy inspector general of police, The Times of India reported.
Separately, more than 20 people were also arrested in connection with throwing stones and clashes that took place in Delhi during a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday.