Tension prevailed in the communally sensitive Muzaffarnagar and Bulandshahr districts of western UP on Sunday following clashes between two communities over bursting of firecrackers during Diwali celebrations on Saturday night. While one person was killed in Muzaffarnagar, at least half a dozen people were injured in Bulandshahr in exchange of fire and brickbatting.
Pankaj, resident of Mohalla Krishnapuri, was visiting his relatives in Abupura Mohalla on Saturday. His relatives’ children were bursting crackers outside their house, when some youths from the other community came from the direction of Fakkarshah Chowk and thrashed the children for playing with crackers. They threatened the family members with dire consequences unless they stopped bursting crackers. When Pankaj tried to reason with them, they shot him dead with a country made pistol. This caused uproar in the locality and when some of the neighbourers tried to chase the killers, a crowd from Khalapar side started strong brickbatting and resorted to firing that was retaliated by the Abupura side.
After being informed, SSP AK Sanger, ASP DK Chaudhari and CO City Pradeep Gupta with a heavy police force rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd by resorting to lath charge. Police has sent the body for post mortem.
A compensation of Rs five lakh to the deceased family has been declared on the behalf of the state Govt.
Shiv Sena has given a call for Muzaffarnagar bandh on Tuesday, while an FIR has been lodged against Naseem, his two sons Aadil and Tufail, and Shakir, brother of Naseem.
SSP told that Naseem has been arrested while intense search is going on to nab other three culprits. Police force and PAC has been posted to control the situation while situation is said to tense but under control.
In Bulandshahr too clashes between the two communities ensued over firecrackers Saturday night.
The additional director general (law and order and crime) Padman Singh told Hindustan Times on Sunday that additional police force and Rapid Action Force (RAF) had been rushed to both districts. He said while the situation was brought under control in Bulandshahr, tension was still prevailing in Muzaffarnagar.
(With inputs from Lucknow)