At least half a dozen people, including three police officials, were injured in Lucknow on Tuesday night when an angry mob pelted stones on them over a religious programme, police said.
According to police, the incident took place in Vineet Khand of the posh Gomtinagar area after some people began a protest over holding a religious programme at a community park.
“There was some tension between two communities over holding a religious programme at Pragya park on Sunday. The anger manifested itself in the stone-pelting incident,” an official told IANS. Following the violence, a large contingent of police personnel was rushed to the spot.
Circle Officer (CO) Mohanlalganj, CO Gomtinagar, a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and the additional city magistrate (ACM) sustained minor injuries. District magistrate Raj Shekhar and SSP Manjil Saini are on the spot to control escalation of violence, a home department official said.
Seven people, including two women, have been arrested for their role in the violence. The arrested people include a BJP youth wing leader and a BJP corporator.
“We are maintaining vigil, situation is tense but under control. Tomorrow (Wednesday), a peace committee meeting of locals will be held to normalise things,” an official told IANS. The area remained tense till late on Tuesday night.