Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Post-poll violence at 2 places in UP

SP, BJP supporters clash in Budaun; 10 booked

Budaun/ Bhadohi (UP), Mar 13 (PTI): A political argument between supporters of the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party escalated into a clash and led to stone pelting here, police said on Sunday.
An FIR has been registered against 10 people and three of them have been detained in connection with the incident in Kakarala area under Alapur police station limits here, they said.
“One Mohammad Rustam and Asrar alias Maili, along with their supporters, were involved in a political argument that escalated into violence. Their supporters pelted stones on each other. Four police teams were rushed to the spot to contain the situation. Those involved in the clash managed to flee from the spot as the police teams reached there. No one was injured in the incident,” Superintendent of Police (City) Praveen Singh Chauhan said.
According to the police, both Rustam and Asrar — who are yet to be apprehended — have criminal backgrounds. While Rustam is said to be a supporter of the BJP, Asrar is known to be close to the Samajwadi Party.
Police have detained three suspects and they are being questioned at Alapur police station, Chauhan said. An FIR has been registered and investigation initiated, he said.
“We have lodged an FIR against 10 people, including Rustam and Asrar, along with their supporters. Efforts are being made to arrest them,” the officer said.
A police team has also been deployed in the area to ensure law and order, he added.
9 injured in clash in Bhadohi; 17 booked
At least nine people were injured in a clash between two groups here, police said on Sunday. Seventeen people have been booked in this connection, they said.
One of the men involved in the clash at Nagmalpur village under Suriyawan police station limits here claimed that it was related to the assembly polls in the state. However, this was not mentioned in the FIR. The police, for their part, said the clash was due to an old rivalry involving two families.
“A group of men attacked another group on Saturday evening. Several police teams were rushed to the spot to maintain law and order. We have lodged a case regarding the matter and investigation is underway,” Station House Officer of Suriyawan police station Bhuvneshwar Kumar Pandey said on Sunday.
“As per our information, the incident occurred because of an old rivalry between two families and has nothing to do with politics,” he pointed out.
Those injured in the clash were taken to the nearby government hospital for treatment, the official said.
The FIR was registered based on the complaint of one Suresh Kumar Gupta.
“Based on the complaint we have lodged an FIR against 17 men for voluntarily causing hurt (Section 323) and other sections of the IPC,” the SHO said.
“We have identified 10 of the accused. Efforts are on to identify the others,” he said, adding that efforts are on to arrest them.

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