Five Injured in Clash Between Two Rival Communities on Janmashtami

As many as five people including a woman were injured in a clash between two rival communities during a procession being taken out on the occasion of Krishna Janmashthmi in Makri Mavada village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, the police said on Saturday, 24 August.

The 'shobha yatra' had reached its final destination in the Muslim-majority village under Devraniya Police Station area on Friday afternoon when members of one community started pelting stones at the other, leading to commotion, Circle Officer (CO) Baheri Alok Agrahari said.

Both the groups brandished weapons, including firearms, the CO said, adding that additional force from four police stations and PAC was rushed to the village to control the situation.

The timing of the traditional 'shobha yatra' was deferred to 3 pm in view of the Friday prayers and the incident took place when it had reached its destination at the Holi crossing, the CO said.

The injured have been admitted to the hospital, he added.

SP, Rural, Bareilly Sansar Singh, who visited the village, said that adequate force has been deployed and strict action will be initiated against those behind the attempts to vitiate the atmosphere.

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