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Unidentified men try to blast cylinder outside Masjid in Udaipur city

Udaipur : A day before the commencement of the holy month of Ramdan, some miscreants tried to create a commotion outside a mosque here at Chetak Circle in the wee hours of Wednesday. Few men who came in a car, fled after abandoning a burning gas cylinder outside the masjid gate. Luckily some people of the Bohra community who had risen for ‘Sehri’ saw the incident and immediately reported to the police. The fire fighters arrived in time and thus an explosion was averted.

The incident is quite shocking as the mosque is situated on one of the busy streets in the heart of the city with the police station located just some 100 meters away. There were few cars parked on the road sides and eyewitnesses said, if the cylinder had exploded, the flames would have spread in a larger area and caused great damage. The entire incident is caught in a CCTV and the police has taken the footages to identify the miscreants and know their intention behind the act. The incident has triggered panic and anger among the muslim community which alleged that authorities are taking the act in a casual manner and even not registered a case against anyone.

The incident took place around 3 am when some men arrived at the Paltan Masjid at Chetak circle and left a burning cylinder on the main road. The members of the Anjuman Talimul Islam Committee met SP Rajendra Prasad Goyal and gave a memorandum demanding stringent and swift action to be taken. The Sadar of Paltan Masjid Riyaz Hussain said such an act is highly condemnable which perhaps was aimed to terrorise the community men ahead of the holy Ramadan month. ” It is really unfortunate that miscreants have no fear of the police and they dared to make an explosion so as to frighten the community ahead of Ramadan. The area which is under 24 hours watch and vigil of the policemen, seems not to be so safe” Sadar Khalil Mohammad of Anjuman Talimul Islam society said. The office bearers also said that the authorities are taking it quite casually and if they do not arrest the guilty people in 3 days, the community would hold protests.

“There are over 50 cameras installed on the street between Hathipole and Chetak circle, however, police has not been able to identify anybody in the case so far” Riyaz Hussain informed. Meanwhile SP Rajendra Prasad Goyal told reporters that the incident was not too ‘serious’ and perhaps committed by some mentally sick person with no profound intentions. He also said that the gas cylinder was empty and the fire was superficial.

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