//Fresh violence breaks out in riot hit Aligarh city

Fresh violence breaks out in riot hit Aligarh city

Aligarh | April 08, 2006 10:12:27 PM IST

Aligarh(UP): Apr. 8 (ANI) Fresh violence broke out in Aligarh city on Saturday after a person was shot, police officials said.

The incident was followed by stray cases of stone pelting even as curfew continued in the town for the third day.

Inspector General of Police, Kanpur Zone, Rizwan Ahmed said security has been tightened in the area following the killing of one more person.

"A boy was shot at by anti-social elements. He has been taken to the hospital. There are only a few Hindu families living in this area and in view of this we have made arrangements for their security," he said.

Senior police officials were camping here to monitor the situation.

According to an official Rapid Action Force (RAF), Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and civil police had been deployed to control the situation.

Riots broke out in the city on Thursday when groups of Hindus and Muslims clashed over prayers at a Hindu temple.

The rioting erupted in a crowded neighbourhood of Aligarh, in Uttar Pradesh after Muslims objected to the use of loudspeakers overnight by Hindus, who were celebrating the birthday of the Lord Rama.

Over 120 persons had so far been arrested in connection with the communal clashes.

Sate government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and an additional sum of Rs 2.5 lakh compensation was announced by the Centre as well.

Meanwhile, the two-member high-level committee comprising principal secretary agriculture Arun Kumar Mishra and DG Police Headquarters SK Rizvi is constituted to probe the reason behind the outbreak of the communal violence. It has been asked to submit report within a week.

Taking serious note of violence, UP government has already suspended six officers including DM RK Singh, SSP Ajay Anand, SP City SK Verma, ADM Satya Bhan, Circle Officer MP Singh and an SHO.

Minister of state for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal had said on Friday he favoured a judicial probe into the riots, while the state government had suspended the top police and civil officers of the city.

Aligarh, which has a large Muslim population, has seen frequent clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the past.

Most-populous state in the country UP has a 17 percent Muslim minority.

Eighteen people were killed and dozens were injured last month by bomb blasts, carried out by Islamic militants, in Varanasi.

Though communal tensions in the country have eased in the past two years, violence flares easily in crowded towns of the north and the west where the Hindu majority and Muslim minority live side by side.(ANI)