Communal tension in Kanpur over Jagran posters

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Lucknow, Oct 24: Communal tension was reported in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh when some Hindu groups took to the streets on Saturday after some posters and banners of Bhagwati Jagran were found ripped off the walls in a locality.

Police said some posters of a Jagran were found torn in Babupurwa locality late Friday night, triggering protests in many parts of the city on Saturday. The agitated groups demanded the guilty should be booked.

Communal tension in Kanpur over Jagran posters.
Agitated people jammed the road where Muslims' Tazia procession was to be taken out.

"Some people were injured when stones were pelted and angry groups vandalised property. Following this, district administration clamped prohibitory orders across the city and security was stepped up," a police official said.

A home department official said the situation was tense but under control.

The BJP state unit accused the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government of failing to maintain communal harmony.

"This type of callousness has been the hallmark of the Akhilesh Yadav government over the past three years. They have not only publicly sided with one community but have also allowed small issues to spiral out of control into major flash points," BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state following communal flash points in many parts of the state over the week. Violence had erupted in Banda, Ambedkarnagar, Kannauj and Fatehpur following communal clashes.

IANS

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