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Security beefed up in Pratapgarh village after 2 communities clash

The police said heavy security was deployed in the area, where a land dispute was already going on between the two communities.

Tension erupted in Bhulsa village under Hathigawan police station area of Pratapgarh district on Friday after a clash between two communities over a minor dispute, following which heavy security force along with several senior officials were rushed to the area to avoid communal flare-up.

Cross FIRs were registered on two complaints by those who indulged in the fight and two persons were arrested from both sides. The police said heavy security was deployed in the area, where a land dispute was already going on between the two communities.

According to police, one Jubair Ahmed wanted to build an Idgah on a land, which he claimed belonged to him. However, a dispute had arisen on the said land after the gram sabha claimed to be its owner. The dispute had led to a fight nearly a fortnight ago, in which one Chhabe Lal was attacked. However, he managed to escape unhurt.

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Subsequently, suspecting rise of some communal tension, adequate police force was deployed in the village. The revenue officials also carried out land measurements of the village.

On Friday morning, one Tariq had gone towards his father’s grave to pay obeisance when Nanhe Lal Saroj also reached there with his pigs. Tariq objected to Nanhe allowing pigs to roam around the graveyard. This led to a fight and both of them sustained minor injuries. Immediately, the PAC deployed in the village alerted senior officials.

“We reached with extra force along with several senior officials. But, when we reached there, we realised that it was a dispute limited to two people. They lodged formal complaints on the basis of which both of them have been arrested under preventive sections,” said Circle Officer (Kunda), Kavindra Narayan Mishra.

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Mishra added that the land measurement will now be carried out from the village’s borders. “It will take some time, because officials also have to deal with panchayat elections. The force is deployed and the situation is normal,” he said.