Clashes in Kannauj; one dead in firing, over 20 injured

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kannauj
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2015 03:32 IST

One person was killed and more than 20 others injured after clashes broke out Sunday night between two sections over an issue involving a landlord and his tenant.

An angry mob went on the rampage and burnt down several shops after a young man, identified as Azad, was killed by a stray bullet.

DIG Kanpur Neelabhjo Chowdhary said the police have identified trouble makers and were conducting raids for their arrest.

Trouble started when a mob attacked the landlord who had gone to negotiate the evacuation of a shop which has been with another family on rent for over 100 years.

The landlord, aged around 70, was accosted by a group of 60-70 men while he was leaving the site and beaten up mercilessly. The local leader of a political party is said to be have instigated the mob into attacking the landlord.

This evoked a sharp reaction from the other side, leading to brickbatting and indiscriminate firing.

Tensions continue to prevail in the district and a heavy police force has been deployed to prevent further trouble.

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