Minor fights gain communal colour in two U.P. villages

July 20, 2017 01:09 am | Updated 01:09 am IST - MEERUT

Additional police forces have been deployed to ensure peace in Jalali village of Aligarh and Baghra village in Muzaffarnagar, after fights that broke out over water distribution and a cricket match turned communal, leaving over half a dozen persons injured.

Bacharam Kushwaha and Abaad, residents of Jalali village in Harduaganj area of Aligarh, were old friends. Kushwaha had been allowing Abaad to draw water from his hand pump but on Tuesday, Kushwaha refused.

This led to a verbal spat between the two. According to Kushwaha’s police complaint, Abaad and his brother Zafar barged into his house on Wednesday and abused the female members of his family.

‘Women assaulted’

“Abaad and Zafar assaulted the women in my house in my absence. They also brought half a dozen people and burnt down portions of my house because I refused to let them have water from my hand pump. My wife, son and daughter-in-law sustained injuries,” says the complaint filed by Kushwaha.

Workers of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad reached the spot and demanded the arrest of all the accused.

Similarly, a fight between two groups of boys playing cricket in Baghra village under the Titavi police station in Muzaffarnagar turned communal. The local police quickly intervened and prevented the situation from flaring up.

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