Moradabad: A number of persons were injured in a clash between the students of Government Polytechnic and residents of Mau village of the district on Thursday, police said. The injured, about a dozen from both the sides, have been hospitalised, they said.

Normalcy was restored after police reached the spot on Kanth road, they said, adding security has been stepped up in the area.

The altercation between the villagers and the students occurred over a piece of land which the students used as a play ground despite the insistence of the villagers that it belonged to them.

Today while the students were playing football, they spotted one villager relieving himself there. The situation took a turn for the worse when the students stopped him from doing so following which lathi-wielding residents of the village attacked them. -- PTI