SAHARANPUR/LUCKNOW: Twenty people were arrested as curfew and shoot-at-sight orders on Sunday remained in force in the city hit by clashes between two communities over a land dispute.
District magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said, “The situation is better than yesterday. I have to just impose the law and order in the city and the situation is quite normal now.”
On the land dispute, Tiwari said, “I’m not going into it… The construction is on hold.”
Violent clashes erupted in Saharanpur early Saturday morning killing three men and injuring over 24 others when two groups clashed over a patch of disputed land adjoining a gurdwara close to the city’s railway station.
Alarmed at the ferocity of the communal flare-up and clearly wiser after the Muzaffarnagar riots of August last year that displaced over 50,000 and left 62 dead, the district administration quickly deployed 8 companies of PAC and 10 companies of CPMF in the troubled areas while imposing curfew across six police stations in the city.