Death toll rose to four on Friday in the communal violence that occurred after an incident of eve-teasing in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Choudhary and Home Secretary Mani Prasad Mishra reached the spot in Bijnor and tried to pacify the agitated locals.
“This is an unfortunate incident. The culprits will be booked under the National Security Act (NSA). No one will be spared. Five persons have been arrested till now,” ADG Choudhary said.
WHAT LED TO VIOLENCE?
Communal tension prevailed in Bijnor as two factions clashed with one another after an incident of eve-teasing. A girl was harassed by some youths while she was on her way to school in Peda village of Bijnor. The girl and the accused happened to be from different communities which led to communal tension in the area.
As the news of eve-teasing spread in the area, people from girl’s side gathered to stage protest. Soon, there were groups taking positions on both sides. The incident boiled into a communal clash.
People on both sides started pelting stones injuring several people on either side. As the number of injuries rose, situation took uglier turn. Guns were pulled out and shots were fired at one another.
DEATHS AND DEMONSTRATION
One youth died on the spot while two others including a child succumbed to their injuries during treatment in hospital. Later, one more person died taking the toll to four. More than a dozen were injured in the clash. They were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Relatives of the deceased and angry villagers blocked Delhi-Paudi national highway with placing the dead bodies on the road. As the administration came to know about the incident and blockade of the national highway, police force was sent to the spot.
With PAC reinforcement, heavy police deployment was made to ensure that situation did not escalate any further. Senior police officials were present at the site to maintain peace and bring situation back under control.