1 killed, 50 injured in Agra mob violence

Updated on Aug 29, 2007 02:57 PM IST

Angry mobs attack police posts and torch vehicles after four youths are mowed down by a speeding truck.

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PTI | By, Agra

Angry over four youths being crushed by a speeding truck, locals went on a rampage in Agra on Wednesday indulging in arson and stone pelting that left one person dead and 50 police personnel injured, leading to clamping of curfew in six localities.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the city after violence broke out in the wee hours after the youth taking part in the Shab-e-Barat procession were run over by the truck.

Additional police personnel have been rushed from the neighbouring districts of Mathura, Etah, Mainpuri and Ferozabad and RAF and PAC deployed in strength to maintain order in the city.

Schools and colleges have been closed for three days.

In Lucknow, Principal Secretary, Home, J N Chamber said one person from the public was killed in the violence.

At least 20 vehicles, including fire tenders and police jeeps, were set ablaze by the angry mob, which indulged in heavy stone pelting in which about 50 police personnel, including senior officials, received injuries.

Some factories were also set afire by the mob.

Four firemen and two police personnel were reported to be in a serious condition, Chamber said.

The district administration had announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs one lakh each to the next of the kins of the deceased while Rs. 25,000 would be provided to the seriously injured people.

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