Special Correspondent

The incident was a fallout of the murder of a woman in Mirzapur district

  • Police resort to lathi-charge and also fire in air
  • Only one person injured in clash: police
  • Protesters also blocked the national highway

    LUCKNOW: Several persons were injured in a violent clash between agitating mob and the police on the Allahabad-Varanasi national highway in Mirzapur district on Monday. Among the injured was the Additional Superintendent of Police of Mirzapur who was left with a fractured leg.

    While confirming the injury sustained by the police official, a home department spokesman said that only a woman was injured in the incident of stone-throwing by the mob which was followed by the police firing in the air to disperse the crowd.

    Unofficial account said that some supporters of the local Bahujan Samaj Party MLA, Ramesh Bind, also sustained injuries.

    Monday's incident was the fallout of the murder of one Dulari under the Kachhawa police station area of Mirzapur district on Sunday night. Five other persons were injured in the attack by some unknown persons. Personal enmity was cited as the reason for the woman's murder.

    Supporters of the deceased woman on Monday morning placed her body on the Allahabad-Varanasi highway and sat on a chakka jam.

    Home Secretary Arun Sinha told newspersons that Mr.Bind and his supporters also joined the protest and sat on a dharna. He said around 5000 people thronged the dharna site where the protesters demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

    Mr Sinha said at around 12.30 PM the mob became violent and started pelting stones on the police party.

    The police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse the agitating crowd and later fired in the air, the Home Secretary said. He said a woman was injured in her elbow and the additional SP of Mirzapur fractured his leg in the clashes. No arrests have been made.

    Meanwhile, the Mau district administration ensured that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav's visit to the town on Tuesday passes off peacefully.

    Mr Yadav will distribute unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan cheques at a function in Mau, in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

    The town was simmering with discontent following the killing of a student, Ankit, last week. His father, TP Verma, is a lawyer in the district court and the Bar Association members had threatened to commit self-immolation if the accused were not arrested.

    The home official said the accused were arrested by the police on Monday and added that illicit relations of the deceased students with a woman led to his murder. He added that the situation had returned to normal in Mau.