NEW DELHL, India, July 4: Police imposed a curfew in Delhi’s old quarter this evening to head off Hindu Moslem violence after the head priest of India’s largest mosque was detained. A police spokesman told Reuters at least two people suffered injuries from knife and stone attacks before a curfew was clamped on the old quarter from seven p.m. to five a.m.

The spokesman refused to identify the victims, but said tension between Hindus and Moslems was high in the area, the scene of clashes in which about 14 people died last May.

Today’s unrest was sparked by the reported detention of Syed Mohammad Bukhari, the Fiery Imam of the old Delhi’s Jama Masjid Mosque, for assaulting two policemen while travelling to nearby Meerut town.

The Press Trust of India news agency said Bukhari returned to Delhi this morning, but gave no details.

Article extracted from this publication >>  July 10, 1987