An altercation over “loud music” at a wedding procession led to stone-pelting between two groups in Jharcha area of Gautam Buddh Nagar district late Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The incident took place about two kilometres from the Jharcha police station around 4 pm on Tuesday. The accused allegedly tried to set a pick-up vehicle ablaze but the fire was doused, police said. “A section of the roof (of the vehicle) was burnt. No one was injured in the incident. The incident took place when a wedding procession was taken out from the village. Loud music was being played in the procession,” said Piyush Kumar Singh, CO Dadri.
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“A majlis was being observed nearby where people were mourning. Someone asked the wedding procession to lower the volume. There was a heated argument between young men from the two groups, following which stone pelting started. The situation was brought under control.” he added.
An FIR under various sections of the IPC related to rioting was registered against about 50 persons, 20 of them named. “Twenty persons (named in the FIR) have been arrested and they belong to both groups. The two groups belong to the same religious community. No complaint has been received from either group but an FIR has been registered by the police. Investigation in the case in underway and if we find that it was an attempt to disturb public order, NSA will be invoked,” said Sujata Singh, SP RA, Gautam Buddh Nagar police.
Meanwhile, one PAC platoon, along with local police personnel, have been deployed in the village as a security measure, police said.