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Communal collision, tension in Shah Ganj

Agra: A minor tiff between one Manu Qureshi of Mohalla Qureshian and Tarun Yadav and his brother Rahul led to quarrel between them when one of them was thrashed. After this, the other person along with his supporters reached the spot and the people of the two communities came face to face against each other when stones and soda water bottles etc were freely used against each other for about half an hour. All this created a stampede and shopkeepers in panic closed their shops for about 3 hours. About half a dozen people from both sides were injured. DM and SSP along with police teams arrived there and by using force drove the rioters away. The entire area, however, was littered with pieces of brickes, stones and glass bottles. In addition to DM Pankaj Kumar and SSP Dr. Purinder Singh, SP (City) Sushil, SDM (City) Dharminder Singh and police force from neighbouring thanas also reached the scene. Meetings with senior and responsible people of both communities were held to bring about peace.

In the stonings and throwing of soda water bottles the seriously injured people on both sides were admitted in S. N. Emergency. Police in raids at different places arrested about half a dozen persons. SSP Dr. Purinder Singh said that the quarrel had taken place between two persons and their own relatives and family members mainly had indulged in stone pelting etc and strong action is being taken against them. He said that there is no communal tension.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2016 on page no. 14

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