Aligarh, Apr 06: Four persons were killed and 13 injured, six of them seriously, when members of two communities clashed over a place of worship, opening fire and pelting stones, after which indefinite curfew was imposed in three police station areas of this communally sensitive city today.
IG, Agra Range Rizwan Ahmed said that two persons were brought dead to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College while two others succumbed to injuries sustained in the clashes. The members of a particular community removed the decorative lights put up at a temple last evening in view of `Navratri` festival, leading to a clash with members of the other side in Sabzi Mandi and Dahi Wali Gali areas.
Nearly 1,000 rapid action force and state paramilitary personnel, along with a large number of police personnel, have been deployed and patrolling intensified to maintain law and order, Ahmed said.
Indefinite curfew was imposed in Kotwali, Delhi Gate and Sasni Gate police stations areas in the old city following the clash during which the two sides hurled stones at each other and fired from rooftops following a dispute over a place of worship last night, Singh said. The condition of six of the injured persons was critical, hospital sources said.
"The situation in the town is a little tense but under control", Ahmed said, adding "we have sought reinforcement of of CRPF and PAC personnel." Citing the communal violence in Aligarh, the BJP and the Congress accused the Mulayam Singh Yadav government of failing miserably on the law and order front.
They said the violence in Aligarh was the result of administrative failure. BJP leader and leader of the opposition Lalji Tandon told reporters in Lucknow that officials had to wait clearance for their decisions from "political bosses" and in such a situation, they were unable to take quick action.
UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the violence in Aligarh reflected failure of the administrative machinery. The CPI, on the other hand, said communal forces were responsible for violence and demanded compensation of Rs five lakh to each bereaved family.
Red alert sounded across UP
A red alert was today sounded across Uttar Pradesh and security tightened at all sensitive places of the state in the wake of communal violence in Aligarh town which left four people dead, Home Department sources in Lucknow said. A strict vigil was being maintained on rumour-mongers and anti-social elements, the sources said.
Meanwhile the government has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. Five lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 each to the injured in communal clashes.