Aligarh flare-up claims 3 lives
THREE PERSONS were killed and 20 others injured, six of them seriously, in fresh communal violence, in Aligarh on Sunday. The flare-up started soon after a prominent traders? leader was shot dead near his godown. People of both the communities came out on the street and indulged in firing and stone-pelting resulting in killing of a youngster.india Updated: May 30, 2006 01:39 IST
THREE PERSONS were killed and 20 others injured, six of them seriously, in fresh communal violence, in Aligarh on Sunday.
The flare-up started soon after a prominent traders’ leader was shot dead near his godown. People of both the communities came out on the street and indulged in firing and stone-pelting resulting in killing of a youngster.
When the situation went out of control, the district administration imposed indefinite curfew on five police station areas . A heavy force of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) along with a large number of police personnel were deployed on all the sensitive points of the old city.
Senior superintendent of police Akhil Kumar claimed the situation was tense but under control. Police sources said prominent traders’ leader and BJP activist Om Prakash Gupta was shot dead when he was coming out of his godown in Hathipul Kanwariganj ward. As the news about the murder spread in the city, people belonging to both the community came out on the streets and resorted to firing, stabbing and stone-pelting. One person was killed by the mob while several others received injuries in the different areas of the old city. All the injured were sent to the JN Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University where one of them succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Sources further said police had to resort to tear gassing and firing. When the situation could be controlled, the district authorities imposed curfew in five police station areas –Kotwali, Delhi Gate, Sasni Gate, Gandhi Park and Banna Devi.
Akhil Kumar told Hindustan Times that no untoward incident took place on Monday.
Meanwhile, the State Government has rushed ADG Law and Order Padman Singh and IG Kanpur zone Rizvan Ahmad to Aligarh.
Principal secretary, Home, Satish Kumar Agarwal and DGP Bua Singh told media persons no untoward incident had been reported in Aligarh after the district administration clamped curfew on five police station areas on late Sunday evening.
A team of Special Task Force and three additional companies of Rapid Action Force had also reached Aligarh, said Agarwal adding six RAF companies were already deployed there.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has sanctioned an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those killed. A sum of Rs 1 lakh would be given to those seriously injured while an assistance of Rs 50,000 would be given to those who have sustained minor injuries.