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Six policemen injured in communal clash over installing Durga idol in Uttar Pradesh

Clashes between two communities broke out over installing a Durga idol in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. People from the other community objected, leading to a clash. The clashing groups also attacked police in which two sub-inspectors and four constables were injured.

lucknow Updated: Oct 11, 2018 19:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh)
communal clash,communal violence,Durga
Police have registered cases against 290 people of both communities, naming 40 of them; 15 of them have been arrested.(HT/Picture for representation)

Six policemen were injured when they tried to intervene in a clash between members of two communities over installing a Durga idol in Sisaye Salon locality in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when some people tried to install the idol of Goddess Durga in the Risiya police station area without permission of the authorities concerned, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ravindra Kumar Singh said.

People from the other community objected to it, leading to a clash. Members of both communities then indulged in brick-batting, he said. The clashing groups also attacked the police team rushed to control the situation. Six policemen — two sub-inspectors and four constables — were injured in the incident, the ASP said.

He said he was not aware if there were any injuries suffered by the clashing groups. Police have registered cases against 290 people of the two communities, naming 40 of them; 15 of them have been arrested, he said.

The officer said additional force has been deployed in the area, and the situation is under control. District magistrate Mala Srivastava and SP Sabharaj Singh also visited the area. Orders were issued earlier against installation of idols, especially at disputed places, without permission, the ASP said.

First Published: Oct 11, 2018 19:15 IST