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MP, SSP injured in clash between two communities in UP

Press Trust of India  |  Saharanpur (UP) 

Local Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma, a senior police officer and several others were injured in a clash between members of two communities during a rally to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Janakpuri here, police said.

The incident occurred yesterday when a rally being taken out to mark BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary in Sadak Dudhali village here was allegedly objected to by members of another community who started throwing stones, police said.

"A flag march was taken out in the village without taking permission from the administration. This led to brick-batting between the two groups. However, the situation is under control now," SSP Love Kumar told PTI.

The MP, who was part of the march, and the SSP were among several people who suffered injuries in the stone-pelting from both sides, they said, adding some other policemen were also injured.

Following this, police reached the spot and pacified both the groups. However, the along with his supporters reached outside the SSP's official residence and started protesting, demanding that the rally be allowed with adequate security, police said.

They damaged a CCTV camera outside the SP's residence after which police personnel from nearby areas were deployed there, police said.

Inspector General of Police Ajay Anand reached the spot and pacified the protesting and his supporters.

"A peaceful rally was taken out to mark BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary which was attacked by a group here. The MP was injured in the incident," a spokesperson of the MP told PTI.

The SSP said those who hurled stones will be identified and arrested.

At present, the situation is under control in the area while heavy police force has been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 11:07 IST