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Four police stations of Gorakhpur under curfew after violence

The situation taken an ugly turn on Monday morning when youths of particular community hit the street in different localities, reports Abdur Rehman.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 21:19 IST
Abdur Rehman
Abdur Rehman

Violence rocked the city on Monday following the arrest of firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath along with his hundred supporters on Saturday night.

Administration imposed curfew under Gorakhnath police station including Tiwaripur, Kotwali and Rajghat now four police stations of the city are under curfew.

The situation taken an ugly turn on Monday morning when youths of particular community hit the street in different localities as Gorakhnath police station and set ablaze a footwear shops and a hotel belonging to a member of particular community.

The incident started at around 9 am in the morning was continued till afternoon. Heavy stone pelting from premises of Gorakhnath temple kept the police force on back foot. 

The rumour prevailed in the city that the wall of the temple was damaged has also aggravated the problems however, after deployment of Rapid Action Force around the temple the situation was brought to under control.

The agitated mob stone pelted over half a dozen shops at the Gorakhnath temple road all these shops were belonging to members of particular community.

They also set ablaze the two godowns of scraps in the same locality and shouted slogans. Reacting over it the members of other community also shouted slogans and started stone pelting which added more fuel to the fire. However, police personnel chased them and disperse the mob.

Police force was remained spectator and it was free for all for around two hours when the agitated youths of particular community were damaging the property and shops of other community members and heavy stone pelting has generated sense of insecurity among the peoples.

Rapid Action Force jawans reached on the spot at around 12 noons and brought the situation under control. Till then around one dozen shops of particular community including a marriage house were reduced to ashes.

The agitated mob also set ablaze vehicles of Gorakhpur Nagar Nigam and torched roadways bus at Maniram railway crossing. They also stone pelted over trains passing on this route and RAF jawans fired rubber bullet and used tear gas to disperse the mob.

Violence erupted at different places has created panic in the locality and police faced tough challenge in controlling the situation. They used mild lathicharge at around two dozen places in the city.
The strong protest over the arrest of Adityanath was also witnessed in different police station of the district in Chauri Chaura activist of Hindu Yuva Vahini blocked traffic movement for three hours and 50 activists were court arrested.

Similar incident were also reported from Farenda, Khajani and Pipraich police station. In Khajani the agitated youths of Hindu vahini torched a mosques adjacent to the police station. 

In Jungle Kauria and Maniram Hindu vahini activists set ablaze three shops and stone pelted over resident belonging to particular community. They also warned not to allow taking out the tazia procession scheduled on January 30.

First Published: Jan 29, 2007 21:19 IST