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PHOTOS: Killings, arson leave UP's Saharanpur on edge

Last updated on: July 26, 2014 21:36 IST

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Three persons were killed and 19 others, including policemen, injured on Saturday as violent clashes broke out between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur with mobs indulging in brick batting and arson, prompting authorities to clamp curfew.

"Three persons, including traders leader Harish Kochar, Arif and an unidentified person were killed in clashes between the two communities," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukul Goel told PTI.

Five policemen, city magistrate, and 13 others were injured. A constable Shensar Pal was stated to be in a serious condition in Chandigarh PGI after suffering a bullet injury. 

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Image: Shops were set on fire after two groups clashed in Saharanpur
Photographs: Sandeep Pal

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Police used force and fired rubber bullets to control the situation as mobs went on rampage setting several shops afire.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been invoked in the district and curfew has been clamped in six areas, Commissioner, Saharanpur, Tanveer Zafar Ali said. 

According to reports, senior administrative and police officials were rushed to the spot to pacify the rival groups.

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Image: An angry mob damaged vehicles in Saharanpur
Photographs: Sandeep Pal

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DIG STF Deepak Ratan and Bhuvnesh Kumar, who was Commissioner of Saharanpur earlier, have been rushed from Lucknow by helicopter to control the situation, sources said.

Besides, 18 companies of additional force including eight PAC, six CRPF, two RAF and two ITBP have been deployed in the troubled areas, sources said.

"As per the information received so far there was a dispute over land between two communities which escalated on Saturday morning," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukul Goel told PTI. 

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Image: A mob ransacks shopsin the district
Photographs: Sandeep Pal

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Trouble began when members of one community started construction work at the site in Kutubsher area in the wee hours of the morning, which was objected to by the other group.

Both the sides indulged in heavy brick batting, arson and opened fire and there were reports of several shops being gutted in the clash, police said.

Even as curfew has been clamped, sporadic incidents of clashes were reported.

The ADG said senior officers were camping in the area.

Saharanpur is nearly 170 km from national capital Delhi and 560 km from state capital Lucknow. 

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Image: Police clash with the locals in Saharanpur
Photographs: Sandeep Pal

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Meanwhile, Around 600 paramilitary force personnel have been sent to Uttar Pradesh by the Central government to maintain law and order situation in the state in the wake of violence in Saharanpur.

The decision to sent the para military forces was taken after Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, official sources said.

Singh had asked Yadav to ensure communal harmony in the state in the wake of violence in Saharanpur and offered all help to contain the situation.

The Home Minister, who is personally monitoring the situation in Uttar Pradesh, had telephoned Yadav and expressed his concern over the violent clashes that broke out between two communities in the Western UP town. 


Image: Police beefed up security in Saharanpur
Photographs: Sandeep Pal

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