A 22-year-old youth died and many others were injured in firing between supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ramakant Yadav and Ulema Council chief Maulana Amir Madni in Azamgarh, about 260 kilometers east of the state capital on Wednesday.
The police have registered a case of murder against the BJP MP from Azamgarh, who is absconding.
Abdur Rehman, the youth who died in the firing in Phulpur locality, belonged to the Ulema Council, the police said.
The Ulema Council was formed after the Batla House encounter in south Delhi’s Jamia Nagar in September 2008, in which two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a decorated police officer were killed.
The council — set up to ensure justice for Muslim youth accused of terrorist activities — has now become a political outfit.
Additional Director General (law and order-west) A K Jain said that the trouble started when Madni was on his way to address a roadside meeting organised by the Ulema Council.
Quoting the first information report lodged by Madni, Jain said: “Madni and his supporters were very close to the meeting venue when the cavalcade of the BJP MP attempted to overtake Madni’s.”
“The actual problem started when Yadav’s supporters took over the blocked road, leading to an altercation and firing in which Rehman was killed.”