TENSION PREVAILED in a village in Bulandshahr after members of the Hindu and Muslim communities clashed over the cleaning of drains near a temple in Kotwali Dehat area. After the clash on Saturday, 11 persons each from both sides were arrested on Sunday and produced before the court, which sent them to jail.
On Monday, police asked 36 people — belonging to both groups — to give in writing that they would maintain peace.
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“Eighteen people from each group have been asked to give in writing that they would maintain peace or face legal action under CrPC sections,” said Bulandshahr ASP Man Singh Chauhan.
Kotwali Dehat police Station Officer Rameshwar said the incident took place when people were cleaning drains outside a temple at Devali village. Some members of the Muslim community objected to this, saying that the garbage that was being removed from the drains were being dumped outside their houses.
“This led to a heated argument between them. Soon others from both sides gathered at the spot. The verbal duel soon turned violent as both groups indulged in brick-batting, and also attacked each other with sticks,” Rameshwar added.
Over five persons suffered injuries in the clash by the time police arrived. Later, police booked 36 people from both sides on different charges, including arson. On Sunday, 11 each from both groups were arrested. Heavy police force has been deployed in the village.