Three killed in Aligarh riots
AT LEAST three persons were killed and 13 others injured in communal clashes in Aligarh on Thursday. Five of the injured were stated to be critical. Curfew has been imposed in Kotwali, Dehli Gate, Banna Devi, Gandhi Park and Shasni Gate areas of Aligarh.india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 00:56 IST
AT LEAST three persons were killed and 13 others injured in communal clashes in Aligarh on Thursday. Five of the injured were stated to be critical.
Curfew has been imposed in Kotwali, Dehli Gate, Banna Devi, Gandhi Park and Shasni Gate areas of Aligarh.
DGP Bua Singh told Hindustan Times that clashes took place over the decoration of an old temple in Dahi Wali Gali. He said there was a dispute over the temple in the past but later the two communities had settled the matter and Puja was allowed. However, on the occasion of Ram Navami on Thursday, the people of one community objected to outside decoration of the temple.
While there were heated arguments between the members of two communities on Wednesday night, they came face to face once again on Thursday morning during puja, resulting into a clash. Amid heavy stone pelting from both side, the police resorted to firing. There was also firing from both sides from the rooftops.
While the district police said that deaths were caused by cross firing by the two communities, there was charges by one community that the deaths were caused by police firing.
The DGP said paramilitary forces, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and civil police had been deployed in the affected areas. Additional forces were also being rushed from the adjoining districts. DIG and commissioner Agra division had already reached Aligarh and additional director general (law and order) Padman Singh had rushed from here, he added.
CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each to those killed in the clashes in Aligarh on Thursday. A relief of Rs 1 lakh each has been announced to those seriously injured while a sum of Rs 50,000 would be paid to those with minor injuries.