35 injured in Haryana as villagers clash with police

December 18th, 2008 - 11:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhiwani (Haryana), Dec 18 (IANS) At least 35 people, including 15 policemen, were injured Thursday after villagers in this south-west Haryana district clashed with the police.Violence erupted at Khadak village in Bhiwani district, 300 km from Chandigarh, when the bodies of two youth from the village were recovered from an irrigation canal.

Angry villagers blocked the Bhiwani-Delhi highway and resorted to stone-pelting and violence against the police. They also damaged a State Roadways bus and set two police vehicles on fire.

Police officials said they had to resort to cane charge to control the mob.

Earlier, the police recovered the bodies of two youth, Shiv Kumar and Chhotu Ram, from the canal. Both were missing since Dec 14 when they went to attend a marriage function.

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