Hindu family saves Muharram procession from fire near Kanhaiya Lal’s shop in Udaipur  

Hindus saved a ‘tajiya’ from fire during a Muharram procession in Udaipur, just a few metres away from Kanhaiya Lal’s home, in a gesture that could help bridge some of the gap between the two communities.

A month ago, two Muslims brutally killed a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal in a hate crime that put the entire region on edge with the threat of violence.

Tuesday evening, as the procession made its way through the confined spaces of Mochiwada street, the top of a 25-foot-tall tazia caught fire. Muslims in the parade did not immediately detect the fire, which was discovered by bystanders viewing the procession from their balconies on the second or third level.

Locals, when they spotted the fire, did not waste time, and took it upon themselves to put it out and started throwing water at it.

According to the authorities, Ashish Chowadia, Rajkumar Solanki, and their families continued to spout water onto the structure from their balconies until the flames were extinguished. The tragedy was not only avoided, but it also served as a model of intergroup harmony.

“This incident has won everyone’s heart,” district collector Tara Chand Meena said.

Shipra Rajawat, Deputy SP (East), who was also there, claimed that the fire was most likely started by an electrical short or sparks from the incense sticks.

Muslims clapped in appreciation when the Hindus put out the fire, she claimed. She claimed that Mal Das Street, where Kanhaiya Lal was killed on June 28, is near to Mochiwada Street.

Two guys, Riaz Akhtari (also known as Riyaz Attari) and Ghouse Mohammad, killed Kanhaiya Lal. Following the killing, the two produced a video showing them using the cleaver to slice Lal, claiming that he was decapitated for disrespecting Islam.