Uneasy calm in Meerut; cops search for rioters

  • S Raju, Hindustan Times, Meerut
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 07:11 IST

An uneasy calm prevailed in the old city here where riots broke out over setting up a ‘pyau’ (a place to offer free drinking water) in the sensitive Teergaran area on Saturday.

State principal secretary (home) Anil Gupta and director general of police (DGP) AL Banerjee arrived in the town on Sunday morning and after a discussion with officials over prevailing situation, visited the troubled area and enquired about condition of the injured in the medical college and hospitals.

Interacting with the mediapersons, the principal secretary assured free treatment to the injured persons and also directed district magistrate Navdeep Rinwa to make an assessment of the loss of property in order to provide compensation to the affected.

Five persons sustained injuries in firing and stone-pelting after a clash broke out between two communities on Saturday evening and the condition of one of them is stated to be critical. The rioters set two motorcycles and a shop on fire and fired on each other in the presence of cops. Over 30 persons are believed to have sustained minor injuries in brick-batting.

Senior officials are now seeking assistance of video footage and photographs to identify the rioters who openly used firearms.

“We have identified at least 15 persons through photographs and video footage who were involved in the violence”, said IG of Meerut zone Alok Sharma, adding that a search would be launched to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, 10 companies of the Provinincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), five companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and 400 additional constables along with local police have been deployed in the area.

According to PTI reports, authorities on Sunday ordered closure of all schools in the city on Monday as cases against 200 persons were registered after the clashes in the area.

District Magistrate Navdeep Rinwa ordered closure of all schools up to XII standard on Monday. Rinwa said schools would remain shut till May 14 as both May 13 and May 14 were public holidays. However, schools having examinations on May 12 could open and function normally, the DM said.

Police had registered cases against 200 persons in connection with the violence, the SSP said, adding more would be booked after identifying them from video footage.

With inputs from PTI

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