A youth was killed and four others were injured when members of two communities clashed at Bheetargaon village in Ghatampur area of Kanpur district on Sunday.
A police outpost, seven houses, three shops and a motorcycle were also set on fire during the clashes.
While heavy stone pelting was witnessed between two communities, no bullets were fired from either side, police said.
The violence was apparently a fallout of an August 22 incident in which two youths, Guddu Tiwari and Guddu Paswan, were beaten up for allegedly trying to steal from the house of one Rehman at Bheetargaon village. The youths, who were from the same village, suffered injuries and were admitted to hospital.
The police said on Sunday morning, a rumour spread that one of the youths have died in hospital following which an irate mob first attacked the Bheetargaon police outpost and damaged its furniture. They later set ablaze the houses and shops of Rehman and his associates.
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Inspector General, Kanpur Zone, Ashutosh Pandey, upon hearing about the incident, rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Ejaz who works in an electric reparing shop. The police said that after his shop was set ablaze, Ejaz had hid himself inside the shop. Later, the police arrived, doused the fire and brought Ejaz out. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Ejaj died due to suffocation, said the IG, adding the four injured persons include Rehman’s daughter-in-law Zahira Khatoon who has suffered 50 per cent burn injuries. The rest have suffered blunt object injuries and are stated to be stable.
An FIR has been lodged on a complaint by Rehman at Ghatampur police station. The police have arrested seven persons.
The IG added that heavy police force, including one platoon of PAC, have been deployed in the village. Police from adjoining districts have also been called to ensure that tension does not spread to other adjoining villages.
Three injured, shops torched in Mainpuri clash
Three persons were injured and several makeshift shops were set ablaze when tension erupted in Mainpuri district as protesters of two communities clashed after finding a couple in a compromising position inside a mobile shop at Alipur Khera village in Bhogaon area.
Members of the Hindu community pelted stones and torched the shop belonging to a Muslim man. Two vehicles were also damaged in the clashes. Police had to use mild force to bring the situation under control, said Additional SP, Mainpuri, Swami Nath.
The youth, identified as 28-year-old Tasleem alias Banti, was arrested on charges of rape after the woman’s father lodged an FIR. Superintendent of Police, Mainpuri, Shrikant Singh said a case of violence would also be registered.
Heavy police force have been deployed at the village to avoid any untoward incident.
Banti, a local resident, is married and has two children, while the woman, who lives around five kilometer from Alipur Khera, is also married to a youth from Ghaziabad. She visited her parent’s house last month and had been staying in Mainpuri since then.
Station Officer, Bhogaon, Pehlad Singh said on Sunday afternoon, both Banti and the woman reached a cell phone shop owned by Banti’s friend. After they went inside, the owner pulled down the shutter and came out. Some Hindu youths standing outside the shop got suspicious and alerted other persons of their community, who forcibly entered the shop to find the two in a compromising state, he added.
They pulled Banti outside the shop and thrashed him severely. Meanwhile, the police arrived and forcibly took the custody of Banti. The police said they arrived on time as the mob was about to set ablaze Banti by pouring kerosene oil over him.