A violent clash erupted between public and cops after the death of a fruit vendor during ongoing anti- encroachment drive on Tuesday evening at Deoband town of district Saharanpur.
At least nine persons including cops and media persons have sustained injuries and section 144 has been imposed in the town to prevent people from gathering at a place.
The violent mob beat up SP (Rural) Anil Mishra and snatched AK 47 rifle of his gunner Sandeep Rajaoura when they had gone to control the violence along with force.
The frenzied mob didn't spare their own leaders including the city chairman Mavi Ali and chased him and his supporter when they tried to pacify the mob. The cops hid them inside the PWD guest house along with other leaders and a few media persons. The mob tried to torch the guest house.
They pelted stones on cops and media persons who had gone there for coverage, which resulted into injuries to a few journalists and cops.
Demonstrators also damaged vehicles on highway and put a police jeep on fire. The cops resorted to lathicharge and fire in air to disperse the violent mob.
The violence erupted after the death of a vendor Afjal, resident of Nejalgarh, during anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday evening at around 7 o' Clock.
According to the sources he died after being beaten up by cops and enraged vendors within no time gathered to oppose the drive demanding scalp of cops who beat up the vendor. They launched demonstration with Afjal's dead body and when police tried to remove them they pelted stone at police.
Later, DIG of Saharanpur range D.C. Mishra, SSP Vijay Yadav and other senior officials rushed to the spot along with heavy force to control the situation.
"Situation is under control and we are trying to locate the missing AK 47 of SP's gunner", said DIG D.C. Mishra admitting that two cops and a few media persons have sustained injuries.