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UP: Five detained in stone pelting after clash over the route of ‘Shobha Yatra’ in Aligarh; Six injured

The conflict occurred when a 'Ram Baraat' procession was moving through an area and two groups got into a dispute over its route. There is also an allegation that there were attacks with swords, in which six person sustained injuries.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Aligarh: Two communities clashed over route of ‘Shobha Yatra’ in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh (UP). It is alleged that during this period there was heavy stone pelting from the mosque, resulted more than half a dozen people were injured. Five people were detained in connection with a clash which erupted between two groups belonging to different communities in the Chandaus area of Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, police said on Monday (October 16).

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The conflict occurred when a ‘Ram Baraat’ procession was moving through an area and two groups got into a dispute over its route. There is also an allegation that there were attacks with swords, in which six person sustained injuries.

The police filed two separate FIRs out of which one was registered this morning on the complaint of a man, Vishnu, who sustained minor injuries during the clash, a senior police officer said.

According to the FIR, the clash broke out yesterday when the organisers of the procession allegedly attempted to “alter the sanctioned route of the procession” and tried to pass it through a sensitive area.

“Five people belonging to both the groups have been detained under the case of Indian Penal Code sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149(unlawful assembly) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant),” the police said.

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Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani said that the police made a timely intervention which prevented the situation from escalating.

“The procession later proceeded peacefully along the designated route,” the officer said.

The SSP said that there is no evidence of the occurrence of any brick-batting during the clash.

After the incident, large number of crowd gathered at the Chandaus police station on Sunday night and seeks immediate arrest of those responsible for the clash. Senior district officials pacified the crowd. Security has been beefed up in the area. Probe into the matter is underway, the police added.

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