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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Shia-Sunni clash in Lucknow

Once again Lucknow witnessed a Shia-Sunni clash on Tuesday. Though over a dozen persons were injured, the violence didn't spread and was effectively controlled.

It was the same area of Walled City: Husainabad, that again witnessed the groups of Shia and Sunni youths indulging in stone pelting and rioting.

The trouble started over a petty argument over rickshaw fare and as those quarrelling belonged to different sects, it led to tension and soon supporters of both the sides came to streets.

Though Lucknow has a long history of such sectarian conflict, it was felt that old days of Shia-Sunni tension are a thing of past. Specially after the ban on Azadari and the Madah-e-Sahaba procession was lifted, it was believed that the things would get normal. However many such clashes have occurred in Old City in the last couple of years.

Lucknow is known to be a City that doesn't have a Hindu-Muslim friction, rather it is Shia-Sunni schism that this place is notorious for. Though the scale of violence was not much on this occasio and police controlled the situation well, such incidents that keep occurring at regular intervals keep the tensions alive and the mistrust among both sects continues in the City.

5 comments:

mohammadshamim said...

Jahil hain, jahil hi raheenge. Narrow minded, self centered, 'quuein key mendhak', intolerables, not exposed to the other world. UP Govt should put punitive fines on those who are caught on streets at Hussainabad. Born communalists and fundamentalists, have to fight somebody, if not Hindu then some of their own.Destroyed Iraq already.

Anser Azim said...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Lucknow/Six_arrested_for_Monday_fracas/articleshow/2997051.cms
I looked into the news. Looks more like Goonda factor beating of a helpless poor rikshaw puller. All accused are muslims and so called muhafiz of their brand of Islam. They should be punished and sent behind bars for a lesson to others. They are not Shias and they are not sunnis, they are just bunch of ignorant losers
who have nothing to do with the religion, whose name they bear.I was happy recetly to know (just ten days ago) that this year there is going to be a joint Eid prayer between Shias and Sunnis in old lucknow but this happiness was very short lived after reading your column and then the actual news.
anser azim, chicago

indianmuslims said...

Shia Sunni feud is as old as Islam is almost. Things may never change totally, though there is always option for improved relations. You can read khabrein.info for more news on similar topics

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