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Allahabad: 2 major tazia committees decide not to take out tazia processions on Dussehra

Allahabad: Uttar Pradesh, which is facing embarrassment for the Dadri lynching incident which saw a 52-year-old man, Mohammad Akhlaq, being beaten to death by strong-mob on rumours of storing beef in the house, is going to give a lesson to all political parties and their aggressive supporters, who are taking political mileage of the Dadri murder, of the Hindu-Muslim unity in the state. Two major tazia committees here on Wednesday announced that they would not take out tazia processions on ninth and tenth day of Muharram (October 23-24) - which is coinciding with Vijayadashmi and immersion of Durga idols.

In a big relief to the police brass in the Sangam City which was worried about Dussehra and Muharram falling around the same time later this month, members of the Bada Tazia Muharram Committee and Buddha Tazia Committee, which take out the two biggest processions in Allahabad involving over two lakh people, has met city SP Rajesh Kumar Yadav and apprised him about the decision.

According to a newspaper which quoted Rehan Khan, president of Bada Tazia Muharram Committee, it told: "After finding that both Dussehra and Muharram are coinciding, we have decided not to take out processions on city streets as it would be full of Puja pandals. Besides, our Hindu brothers also take out immersion processions and shobha yatras on Vijayadashmi and the following day."

"Maintaing peace and brotherhood is our top priority and for that Bada Tazia Muharram Committee would not be taking out processions. We have already given the administration in writing about our decision," he added.

More than 200 years old, the Bada Tazia Muharram Committee is the oldest committee and takes out the largest procession on the nine and tenth day of Muharram.

Reportedly, Khan, however, said the rituals of 'Nazr Fatiha' would be conducted at Imambara as usual and the flowers of tazias would be burried on the tenth day of Muharram at Karbala. Besides, small tazia processions would be taken out in old city areas only.

According to the old-timers, a similar situation had occurred in 1978 and 1979 when tazia committee didn't take out procession Muharram coincided with Dussehra. "Before that, in 1921, Dussehra tableaux were followed by tazia processions," said the city SP.

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