Saharanpur: Twenty people have been arrested in connection with the violent clashes between two groups in Saharanpur in Uttar pradesh that has claimed three lives and left over 20 injured. Thirteen companies of the Rapid Action Force, the PAC and CRPF have been deployed and the area is being turned into a virtual fortress.
The situation continues to be tense. There have been no fresh incidents of violence.
SSP Rajesh Kumar Pandey said, “The situation is under control and getting better minute by minute. Some miscreants tried to put some tubes on fire last night, but it was controlled. Nothing major happened last night. We have deployed para military forces.”
Curfew under Section 144 was clamped in Saharanpur on Saturday after clashes broke out between two groups in the area over a land dispute. Over two dozen shops and vehicles were gutted in the violence.
Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said that the situation has been under control. “There were minor incidents of arson. We have enough forces. We will review the curfew situation later in the afternoon and ffter that we will decide how long to continue it.”
Sources said the brawl began with a verbal spat over a gurdwara and some construction taking place adjacent to it.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is personally monitoring the situation, has asked the state administration to restore law and order. This even as the ruling Samajwadi Party admitted lapses by the local administration, but continued to insist things are under control.
SP leader Naresh Agarwal said, “I can assure that people are safe in UP and law and order are also in control. Nobody needs to care about the situation of the state.