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Quarrel between children sparks communal clashes in Hapur

Heavy police force has been deployed on the ground at Bahadurgarh with civil police officers from Hapur.

By: Express News Service | Bahadurgarh | Published: August 22, 2014 2:38 am
A shop damaged during communal clashes in Hapur. A shop damaged during communal clashes in Hapur.

A minor quarrel between two 15-year-old school children, one Hindu and the other Muslim, spiralled out of control after their families clashed in Bahadurgarh village in Hapur district on Thursday afternoon, pelting stones and setting vehicles ablaze, according to the police.

Though the communal flare up did not result in any casualties, about half a dozen shops belonging to both sides were burnt down, while a mosque was also damaged.

“One of the kids, Chand, was from Qureshi community while the other, Gaurav, was from Lodha community. They got into a fight at their school, Lal Bahadur Shastri Inter College, over a trivial matter. Soon after, they informed their families who clashed in the market. This happened at around 2 pm in the afternoon. An FIR has been registered against the rioters under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and 10 persons have been arrested so far,” said R P Pandey, SP (Hapur).

Pandey said that the mosque was being repaired by the district administration and added that the investigation was on to identify others who were involved in rioting. “Due to stone pelting, the side wall of the mosque sustained some minor damage. Also, some miscreant stole the loudspeaker from the mosque. The loudspeaker has been replaced and the mosque is being repaired,” he said.

Heavy police force has been deployed on the ground at Bahadurgarh with civil police officers from Hapur and Ghaziabad districts and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) present.

“Although there won’t be any violence now, there might be some tension at the school. A force has been deployed at the school for a day tomorrow,” an officer said.

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  1. K
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:58 am
    The only way to stop militant muslims creating problem is to totally shun any party which follows so called secular policies.We have had enough.Even communists,if they support any secular party have to be thrown out
    1. D
      Aug 22, 2014 at 9:32 am
      1. I
        Aug 22, 2014 at 7:50 am
        This is not flash riot all these riots that took place since fundamentalist came to power;is well planed by militant Hindu organisations like vhp bajrang dal etc.we fail to understand how all on a sudden Muslim youth began to molest Hindu women at this scale as one can see the reason behind every clash are eve teasing or molestation by Muslim. But the fact tell a different story that militant Hindu organisation working on many front two of these front are to defame the sp government and the other is to har Muslim,murder them and damage their property so that they remain poor economically and educationally. And all these happening under the aegis of RSS the mother of all ills in india
        1. R
          Aug 22, 2014 at 6:40 am
          As per as local report, a group of muslim boys manhandled a Hindu girl in the college, so why are you spreading lies in the name of 'sickularism'.
          1. K
            Krivanto Vishwam
            Aug 22, 2014 at 5:39 am
            this is wrong news and paid news by hindustan times...muslims manhandled a hindu women.,...check the local news papers...
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