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Three dead, 19 injured in violent clashes in UP

Three dead, 19 injured in violent clashes in UP
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Three dead, 19 injured in violent clashes in UP, Three people have died and 19 others have been injured in violent clashes between two groups in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The clashes broke out allegedly over construction on a disputed property.

  • Curfew imposed in Saharanpur after clashes over disputed property
  • Many shops and vehicles vandalised and set on fire as two groups clash
  • Several policemen injured in the incident; state deploys PAC and RAF

Saharanpur: Three people have died and 19 others have been injured in violent clashes between two groups in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The clashes broke out allegedly over construction on a disputed property.

A policeman throws a stone at the protesters (left) during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur on Saturday

According to reports, many shops and vehicles were vandalised and set on fire as the two groups confronted each other. Several policemen were among those injured as the protesters clashed and pelted stones at each other. There were also reports of firing.

Curfew has been imposed in Saharanpur that is located nearly 570 km from state capital Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has deputed top police and administrative officials at the spot to bring the situation under control. There's massive security deployment in the area now. Personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have reportedly also been called in.

According to news agency IANS, traffic on the national highway connecting Ambala was thrown out of gear as the protesters went on the rampage. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he is deeply saddened to hear about the clashes.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of clashes in Saharanpur. Violence, divisiveness and hatred have no place in our country. This politics of hatred must end. I appeal to everyone to remain calm and refrain from fanning communal passions," Gandhi said in a statement.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to ensure communal harmony in the state in the wake of violence in Saharanpur and offered all help to contain the situation.

Singh telephoned Yadav and expressed his concern over the violent clashes that broke out between two communities in the Western UP town and asked the Chief Minister to take all possible steps to ensure peace in the state, particularly in Saharanpur, official sources said.

The Home Minister, who is personally monitoring the situation in Uttar Pradesh, also conveyed to the Chief Minister that the Central government would provide all assistance, including paramilitary forces, to the state government to maintain law and order.

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