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Clashes cause tension in Kanpur

Tension prevails in Chandauli and Bidhunu town in Kanpur due to abduction of a girl and cow slaughter.

lucknow Updated: Jun 27, 2007 17:10 IST
M Hasan

Tension prevailed in Chandauli and Bidhunu town in Kanpur following clashes between the two communities. While in Chandauli the abduction of a girl caused violence, in Bidhunu cow slaughter led to tension in the area.

Reports from Varanasi said several people were injured when the members of two communities clashed over the `abduction' of a teenaged girl in Alinagar area of Chandauli on Tuesday night.

The police rushed to the spot and controlled over the situation, said SP Chandauli Praveen Kumar.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any further untoward incident. Police have arrested four persons in this connection, he said. Raids are on to nab remaining two including the youth who is reported to have eloped with the girl.

The girl of the minority family, had run away from her house with a youth of her own community. But, she was kept by the boy Akiulrahman in the house of a non-Muslim family, Praveen Kumar, said.

An FIR was lodged against six people, the SP said and added acting on FIR, four accused have been arrested but the main accused, Akiulrahman, is absconding. Situation is fully under control but the force is still deployed in the area as a precautionary measure, he said. The parents of the girl took her away, the SP said.

According to information, the girl, 17, was missing for last a few days. The parents came to know that she was in a family of other community. When, the people laying siege of the house asked about the whereabouts of girl, the house owner expressed ignorance about her. The crowd forcibly entered the house and recovered the girl. The people beat up the boys in the house that led to clash between the two communities.

In Kanpur, cow slaughter led to tension in two villages Kumaunpur and Kasgawan villages of Bidhunu on Wednesday after mob attacked houses belonging to other community.

The police have detained three persons charged with cow slaughter and raids were being conducted to arrest those who attacked their houses, said SP Rural Dinesh Chandra.

“We are investigating the case and if cow slaughter is not established the police can invoke National Security Act on people involved in the attack for creating communal tension in the area,” Dinesh Chandra said.

According to reports, some cows of Ram Swaroop, a resident of Kasgawan, disappeared and he charged three boys Qutubuddin, Afsar, Mustafa and others residents of nearby Kumaunpur with theft. Ram Swaroop said all these men were involved in cow slaughtering with one Chand, a resident of Akbarpur in Kanpur Dehat.

The inhabitants of Kasgawan attacked houses in Kumaunpur identified by Ram Swaroop. When some people tried to rescue the boys they were beaten up and their houses ransacked. “The people forcibly took the boys away to Kasgawan and tortured at house of village headman Prahlad’s house,” said SO Bidhnoo Sanjay Gupta.

Hundreds of people from Kumaunpur gheraoed the Bidhnoo police station saying people from Kasgawan could kill the boys. As tempers ran high, the Bidhnoo police rushed to the village and rescued the boys. Tension was prevailing in the two villages and senior police officers including circle officer Ghatampur Pavitra Mohan Tirpathi and SP Rural Area Dinesh Chandra were at the site.