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Hathras incident: Valmiki community members clash with police in Agra

Scores of Valmiki community members who were protesting against the Hathras incident clashed with the police here on Saturday.

Agra | UP Police | Uttar Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  Agra (UP) 

Hathras protest
Congress workers burning the effigy of UP chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath and prime minister Narendra Modi during a protest over on the Hathras rape case

Scores of Valmiki community members who were protesting against the Hathras incident clashed with the police here on Saturday.

The protesters pelted stones at the policemen and official vehicles.

Police personnel were deployed at the clash site outside a municipal corporation office in Kothi Meena Bazaar area of the Taj city, officials said.

Some visuals purportedly showed that thee Valmiki community members from Rajnagar in Lohamandi reached the municipal corporation office and pelted stones at the civic body's garbage collection vehicles at around 12 noon.

Later, dozens of policemen, some of them in anti-riot gears, reached the site and the agitated crowd started pelting stones at them, too, even as traffic on the road remained obstructed during the clash, they showed.

Adequate police force has reached the incident site with senior officials. Efforts are underway to restore normalcy and law and order, a statement by police said.

The incident wherein a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras by four men on September 14 has been widely condemned across the country.

The agitation by Balmikis came even as police conducted flag marches in parts of the district for creating awareness on coronavirus.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, October 03 2020. 15:55 IST