People in some villages near Indirapuram in Ghaziabad district took to vandalism and rioting on Friday after a copy of the Quran was found on the train tracks allegedly with abusive comments scribbled on various pages.
It was also learnt that the people were even more incensed when they called a mobile number written on the pages and were abused.
“The area is inhabited by residents belonging to a particular community and both the news and anger at the incident spread like wild fire as soon as the pages were discovered,” a source said.
While commuters had to put up with traffic jams, the rioters allegedly looted people travelling in buses.
Four persons were injured and more than 60 vehicles either torched or vandalised.
The police blockaded National Highway 24, the centre of the episode, for hours. The security men had to resort to firing in the air and use tear gas shells to control the situation. Reinforcements from five other districts had to be called in to maintain law and order.
The Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), a unit of the Uttar Pradesh police, was summoned after more than 200 rioters stormed police stations and indulged in arson.