COMMUNITIES CLASHED on Holi Thursday after some Hindu youths in an inebriated condition reportedly threw colours on Muslim women in Azamgarh’s Nizamabad area, leaving five grievously injured, police said.
The men accompanying them engaged in brick-batting with the youths and also exchanged fire while the police struggled for hours to take control of the situation. Hindus later blocked the road and scuffled with policemen when the latter tried to remove them.
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Police have registered two FIRs, one against the protesters while another on a complaint lodged against members of Muslim community over allegations of “attack”. Heavy police force have been deployed in the area to maintain peace.
Azamgarh’s SSP Daya Nand Mishra later suspended station officer (SO) of Nizamabad police station, Suresh Chandra, on charges of dereliction of duty.
Circle Officer, Sadar area, Yogendra Singh said some youths of Fareedabad village were playing with colours when residents of neighbouring Kudadpur village passed by on three motorcycles. The youths, who were reportedly drunk, threw colours on the women on bikes, leading to a confrontation with their male members, the CO added.
As the two sides called up their respective supporters, heavy clash ensued, which the local police failed to control initially as it waited for nearly half-an-hour for additional force to arrive.
Arriving at the scene later, the PAC personnel applied cane charge to disperse the violent mob. By then, five had suffered injuries who had to be rushed to the district hospital for treatment, an officer said. The SSP said that Fareedabad residents blocked the road protesting police action and accused their neighbours of instigating the violence. Police said no complaint has been lodged by residents of Kudadpur so far.