Indians are unpredictable. And they have nukes, you know.
Riot rocks Kanpur over damaged religious poster
KANPUR: A police inspector and a reserve inspector suffered bullet injuries following indiscriminate firing by rioters in an escalation of violence that had erupted in the Babupurwa area here over damage to a religious poster late Friday night.
“Two policemen, including station house officer of Badshahi Naka D K Singh and reserve inspector Yogesh Sharma, were hit by bullets fired by rioters in Chamanganj area.” Said SSP Shalabh Mathur.
“They were rushed to a hospital. Some locals also suffered injuries in stone throwing by a mob, which also vandalized private and government property. Prohibitory orders have been clamped in the city and security has been stepped up,” said Mathur added.
Police said clashes erupted on Friday night over tearing up of a religious poster. On Saturday afternoon, the situation turned ugly when agitators demanded action against the culprits and staged a protest. By the evening, the situation had worsened with groups of rioters taking to the streets and indulging in heavy brick-batting and firing. Several vehicles were torched by angry mob near Zarib Chowki area, police said.
Muharram Clashes in Jharkhand, Bihar Leave 1 dead, 12 Injured
NEW DELHI: Violence marred Muharram processions today leaving one person dead and at least 12 injured in Jharkhand and Bihar while stone-pelting over use of a route for procession in Gwalior led to curfew in the area even as the observance passed off peacefully elsewhere.
Clashes broke out during a procession in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district prompting police to fire 70 rounds in the air to control the situation.
DIG of North Chotonagpur Division Upendra Kumar said trouble began when a group of about 100 people standing on the road opposite the ground at Charowa Das on Hazaribagh- Katkumsandi road, pelted stones at an over 10,000-strong gathering.
Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said about 22 taziyas from nearby villages and Hazaribagh town had assembled to take part in the procession. The clashing sides indulged in heavy brickbatting and then fired at each other forcing the police to first baton charge and then burst teargas shells. But when the actions failed to disperse the mob, the police fired at least 70 rounds in the air, said Kumar, adding one person was killed and nine injured in the violence.
In Madhubani in Bihar, three persons were injured in a clash between members of two communities when a stone was hurled on a taziya procession. Superintendent of Police Akhtar Hussain said the clash took place near Gandhi Chowk. The religious fervour was marred in Gwalior, where curfew was imposed in a locality following protest by an organisation over the route of Muharram procession.
Kannauj remains tense after Thursday clash
KANNAUJ: Despite prohibitory orders, the Attar town of Kannauj remained tense on Saturday with rioters setting two shops ablaze. Kannauj has been on the boil since Thursday, when a man died in a clash between two communities and the police during a religious procession.
On Saturday morning, miscreants torched two shops in Makrandnagar and near Naraian Talkies. Police and fire brigade personnel, who were sent to the spot, doused the fire. No arrests were made.
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