Updated: August 17, 2021 6:04:50 am
Baghpat district police have ordered an inquiry and have so far arrested four people suspected to be involved in an attack on a group of Jain devotees from Ghaziabad in Badagaon village of Baghpat following a row over a chicken biryani banner on a cart selling lemon juice stationed near the temple.
The incident ook place Sunday night. The devotees were visiting a Jain temple in the village when they apparently took objection to chicken biryani being allegedly sold from a cart near the temple.
According to Novendra Singh, in charge of Khekra police station, where the case was registered, as their verbal spat got serious, a group of people, suspected to be from another community, allegedly hit the Jain devotees with stones and lathis; their bus was allegedly vandalised, and an attempt was made to burn the vehicle by pouring petrol on it.
The injured people were admitted to a local hospital and a massive manhunt has been lodged to nab the other accused persons, either named or unidentified in the FIR.
“We have arrested four persons so far. An inquiry has been ordered,” Baghpat Superintendent of Police, Neeraj Jadaun, said. “A sweet lemon juice cart had a banner of chicken biryani on one side, which the devotees objected to. This led to an altercation.”
Khekra station in-charge Novendra Singh told The Indian Express over the phone that as the verbal spat wore on, the man selling lime juice sent an SOS to local residents in Badagaon, who came in groups during the night. “According to the victims, many among them were carrying stones, lathis and petrol in bottles. The locals outnumbered the devotees, and they hit them with stones, badly damaging the bus and later tried to set it ablaze,” Singh said.
Adequate police and PAC personnel have been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure and raids are being conducted to nab those responsible, the police said.
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