Moradabad District Magistrate Chandrakant, Senior Superintendent of Police Dharam Veer, Circle Officer Archana and four policemen were injured in heavy stone-throwing by a mob at the local railway station in connection with a “mahapanchayat” in Kaanth in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. In the wake of tough security measures, the mahapanchayat was not held.

Several BJP leaders, including Sambhal MP Satyapal Singh Saini, Rampur MP Naipal Singh, MLA from Sardhana (Meerut district ) Sangeet Singh Som and Moradabad MP Sarvesh Singh, who were on their way to attend the meet, were arrested in Amroha and Thakurdwara.

IG (Law and Order) Amrendra Kumar Sengar said about 200 persons were arrested and later released.

Mr. Sengar told journalists that the Moradabad District Magistrate, who suffered an injury in the eye, had been referred to Delhi. Inspector Sudhir Tomar and three sub-inspectors were also injured.

According to reports, the mahapanchayat call was given by locals and the traders’ organisation of Kaanth in protest against the district administration’s decision to remove loudspeaker from a temple.