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BJP leader shot at, curfew in Aligarh

Police burst teargas shells to bring the situation under control after communal violence followed in Kanwariganj area.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 10:32 IST

Unidentified gunmen shot at and critically wounded a local BJP leader in Aligarh on Sunday night, sparking communal violence after which curfew was clamped in some areas in the city.

Two persons, riding on a motorcycle, fired at one OP Gupta, a trader and a local BJP leader, in Kanwariganj area wounding him seriously, police said.

The incident sparked communal violence with members of the two communities throwing stones at each other, they said.

Police burst teargas shells to bring the situation under control.

As tension gripped the old city, authorities clamped curfew in three areas in the old city as a precautionary measure.

Adequate police were deployed in trouble-torn areas to maintain peace.

Curfew had been imposed in Delhi Gate, Sasni Gate and Kotwali areas, ADGP (Law and Order) Padman Singh said.

He said senior police officials were monitoring the situation.

First Published: May 29, 2006 00:07 IST