Locals in Shahjahanpur district torched a bus and clashed with police in Sadar Bazaar police station area, injuring several officers, after the bus hit the pillar of a mosque on Wednesday.
The incident occurred when a homeguard was driving an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) to the Reserve Police Lines campus. The vehicle had been seized by traffic policemen on Tuesday after its driver was unable to produce the required documents, according to Station House Officer of Sadar Bazaar police station Harish Rajput. While the driver of the vehicle was asked to stay with the policemen, a homeguard was asked to park the bus on Reserve Police Lines campus, he added.
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Police arrested six rioters after lodging a case of attack on police and indulging in rioting. The police also arrested the homeguard, who was driving the bus, for rash driving.
The SHO further said the homeguard lost control of the vehicle before it hit the mosque pillar. The accident caused damage to an elevated structure in the mosque, and people from the community gathered at the scene. While the homeguard escaped the area, the gathered mob torched the bus, Rajput said.
A police team which reached the spot were also pelted with stoned by the angry mob, causing injuries to several policemen. The mob was dispersed after additional police forces arrived and lathicharged the crowd.
An FIR has been lodged against 32 named persons and 150-200 unidentified persons at Sadar Bazaar police station.