Curfew was declared, and police forces rushed in from Agra and Aligarh after communal clashes broke out in Kosi Kalan town in Mathura district on Friday.
Violence broke out between two communities outside a place of worship over the sharing of tanker water. In the next few minutes an angry mob torched to shops and vehicles on the Agra-Delhi highway. IG (Agra) Javed Akhtar rushed to Kosi, which is on the Uttar Pradesh-Haryana border, to control the situation.
Initially, with the people blocking the narrow lanes police found it difficult to control the rioting mob. People from neighbouring villages also rushed to Kosi Kalan to take sides, which further worsened the problem.
Official figures of the number of injured are not available, but sources claim that nearly a dozen injured, including cops and mediapersons, have been rushed to Faridabad for treatment.
IG (Law and Order) BP Singh said, “Extra police force has been deployed in the strife-torn area. The situation is tense but under control.”