Police station torched in Uttar Pradesh communal violence

September 12th, 2008 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 12 (IANS) A police station and a dozen vehicles were set ablaze by irate devotees returning from a religious gathering after dirty water was allegedly thrown on them by members of a minority community in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, the police said Friday.”The incident took place Thursday night in Jalalabad locality in Muzaffarnagar district,” B.D. Daulson, district superintendent of police, told IANS by phone. Muzaffarnagar is about 450 km from here.

Members of the minority community allegedly threw murky water on the devotees, who were returning from a religious gathering organised at a temple, the police said.

Following this, the devotees began assaulting the minority community members, the police added.

“Our intervention into the matter agitated the devotees, and led to arson,” said Daulson.

The devotees set ablaze the police station, a police jeep and 12 motorcyles that were parked outside the police station, he added.

Four people have been arrested. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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