One person was killed and four others, including three policemen, were injured when a clash between two communities broke out at Ghasmandi locality in Saharanpur district late on Saturday evening.
The clash, in the Rampur Maniharan police station area, was a fallout of heated arguments that had taken place between members of two communities over an incident of eve-teasing on June 5.
The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Waseem, a local. Station House Officer (SHO) of Rampur Maniharan police station, Premveer Rana, suffered a bullet injury on his leg and has been admitted to Meerut hospital where doctors stated his condition to be stable.
As per the police, force was rushed to Ghasmandi locality after it was informed about a clash between Hindus and Muslims. As policemen tried to disperse the mob, the latter started pelting stones and also allegedly opened fire. The police fired in retaliation.
In the firing, Waseem suffered a gunshot wound on his head and was rushed to Saharanpur district hospital, where doctors referred him to Meerut. He died on way.
On Sunday, the police registered two separate FIRs in connection with Saturday’s incident.
Sub-Inspector Lal Singh of Rampur Maniharan police station lodged an FIR against nine men from Muslim community and 150 unidentified persons on various charges including attempt to murder, rioting and use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.
On the other hand, Waseem’s father father Akhtar filed FIR on charges of murder against eight persons including SHO Rana, four constables, Nagar Panchayat chairman of Rampur Maniharan, Pradeep Chowdhary, and 20 unidentified persons.
No arrests were made till the last reports came in.
Inspector General, Meerut zone, Alok Sharma said the investigation in both cases would be transferred to another district.
Also, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident even as heavy police force, including PAC, have been deployed to ensure peace in the area.
District Magistrate, Saharanpur, Indraveer Singh Yadav said, an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh has been announced to next kin of Waseem.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Yadav, meanwuile said, Saturday’s c lash was a fallout of heated arguments that had taken place between the two communities on June 5 over the eve-teasing of a girl belonging to Pal community allegedly by some youth from minority community.
The matter was resolved then after senior members of the locality intervened and no FIR was registered in that connection.