Uttar Pradesh: 1 dead in clashes after stone-pelting at VHP rally

The district administration has imposed curfew in the trouble-hit area. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, India Jan 26, 2018, 04.46 PM (IST)

A 16-year-old boy was killed and at least two persons were injured in clashes that took place on Friday on the Mathura-Bareilly highway following reported stone pelting at a motorcycle rally by VHP and ABVP volunteers on the occasion of Republic Day, police said.

The police said unidentified miscreants hurled stones at the motorcycle rally taken out by the right-wing groups.

The district administration has imposed a curfew in the trouble-hit area, a top district official said.

"One person died during arson, firing and stone pelting, while two others sustained injuries today. The deceased has been identified as Chandan (16). Curfew has been imposed in the city," District Magistrate RP Singh said.

Another senior official said that the incident seemed to be spontaneous and not pre-planned and that stringent action would be taken against the troublemakers once they were identified.

 "It seems the (stone pelting) incident was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous one. The district magistrate, superintendent of police, and Rapid Action Force and PAC personnel have been sent to the spot", Additional DG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.

"The troublemakers are being identified, and stringent action will be initiated against them. The district administration has been able to control the situation so far, but additional forces will be called to ensure that the situation does not worsen," he said.

Additional forces from adjoining districts have been sought, said Inspector General Aligarh (range) Sanjeev Gupta. 

(With inputs from PTI)