Seven rounds were fired, police said. "The two groups owed allegiance to Mahant Bhavnath Das and Mahant Harishankar Das, both from Hanumangarhi," said an official. Mahant Bhavnath Das is national president of Samajwadi Sant Sabha, an outfit of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP).
"We are probing the matter and we will ensure hostilities do not escalate," a police officer said. Police presence in the area has been increased as it is near the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi site.