Protesters go on rampage in UP

The strife in Assam resounded in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh as members of minority community protesting the ethnic violence went on rampage, damaging vehicles and shops besides assaulting media persons on Friday.

Trouble broke out when members of minority community, who took to streets after offering special prayers at the historical Tile Wali Masjid in the city, turned violent. The protestors raised slogans against the attack on minorities in Assam and forced the shops to pull down the shutters. In their fury, they also damaged several vehicles and started assaulting media persons. 

Police sources said at least three journalists sustained injuries while an OB van was damaged. The protestors then tried to march towards the Assembly but were stopped by the security personnel. They went their ire on the nearby Buddha Park where they uprooted trees and vandalised the statues. As the news of violence spread, panic gripped the old city.  With just two days to go for the Eid festival, the administration responded quickly by deploying additional security personnel to prevent any untoward incident. Later, a large number of media persons staged a demonstration near the Assembly in protest against the assault and demanded the speedy arrest of the culprits.

Meanwhile, sources said Kanpur also witnessed violence as irate members of minority community pelted stones at vehicles in some areas. Officials said adequate security personnel have been deployed in the sensitive places across the state and the authorities had been asked to remain on the alert to thwart any attempt to disrupt peace.

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