Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured after clashes between residents of Nayagaon and Peda villages in Bijnor on Friday over accusations of harassment of girls.
According to the police, some girls from Nayagaon told people in their village that boys from Peda harassed them when they went to board a bus for school in Bijnor.
A group of male residents from the village then escorted the girls and beat up a boy named Talib after he was reportedly found harassing one of the girls. Talib, however, called more people from his village who attacked the Nayagaon inhabitants.
The injured boys managed to escape to their village where they narrated the incident. Following this, a group from Nayagaon and a neighbouring village reached Peda armed with guns and wooden staffs and attacked the villagers.
Both the sides exchanged fire and pelted stones at each other.
Ahsan, a Peda resident, died after being hit by a bullet. Two others — Sarfaraz and Hashimuddin — were pronounced dead at the hospital.
At least a dozen people sustained injures. Five of them were sent to Meerut Medical College, and the condition of two of them is said to be critical.
Agitated villagers blocked roads, demanding the immediate arrest of those who indulged in violence.
DIG Moradabad range Omkar Singh rushed to the spot with ADG (law and order) Daljeet Choudhary and other senior officers. Heavy force was deployed in and around the village and officers assured residents that action would be taken against culprits.
In September 2013, three people were killed in Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar in a riot following an incident of harassment. It had also led to violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining Shamli district.