Curfew was imposed after a clash between members of two communities following an argument over using water at a religious site in Kosi Kalan area of Mathura district on Friday.
There were conflicting reports about the casualties. Mathura ASP P K Tiwari said,We suspect one death and are verifying it. Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava,on the other hand,said two persons were killed in the clash.
Mathura police said they were verifying if at all there was any death. ADG (Law and Order) Jagmohan Yadav,District Magistrate Mathura Sanjay Kumar and SSP Mathura Dharamvir denied any casualty.
The SSP and DM confirmed that curfew had been imposed in Kosi Kala area.
The trouble started when a youth used water kept near the place of worship and an altercation broke out followed by brickbatting,arson and firing. The groups torched vehicles and made abortive attempts to enter two banks,the police said.
The police were yet to restore peace as people from both the communities continued throwing stones at each other and at the police.
Mathura SSP Dharamvir said the incident took place at Kosi village around 3 pm,when a youth used water stored in a drum to wash his hands. The drum was outside a religious place and the water is used by the people of a particular community before they go in to pray,the SSP said.
He also said that the cleric at the religious place objected to the youth from another community using the water. The youth got into an argument with the cleric,who alleged that the youth had used the water intentionally to desecrate the reserve meant for ablutions.
The issue snowballed,with people from both the communities gathering at the site and indulging in brick-batting. Some youths in both the groups exchanged fire,causing bullet injuries to half-a-dozen persons.
The groups then moved towards the market and torched three vehicles. They tried to enter two banks,but the security guards locked the main doors.
The youths also tried to set a petrol pump on fire,but the police chased them away.
Additional SP (ASP) Rural Pramod Kumar said the violence had abated,but both the groups were still throwing stones from rooftops. The police were on a march in Kosi area till late in the evening to control the situation,Tiwari said.