At least 10 injured in communal clash in Uttar Pradesh

February 21st, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 10 people were injured when Hindus and Muslims clashed in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district, police said Saturday.
“The incident took place in the Srinagar Siara Bazaar locality when some members of the Ulema Council, who were returning to Azamgarh from Lucknow, allegedly shouted slogans against the Hindus,” police inspector Kamlesh Singh told IANS over phone.

According to the police, two groups threw stones at each other. Some shots were also fired during the clash, a police officer said. No one was seriously injured in the clash, he added.

Deputy Inspector general of Police Vijay Kumar said: “Senior police officials are camping in the area and the security has been beefed up.” The police said the situation in the town is now under control.

Thousands of Ulema Council members were in the state capital Friday to take part in a rally to protest the alleged “victimisation of Muslim youths on the pretext of fighting terror”.

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