Two more killings in western UP, tension again

Police resort to mild force to disperse angry protesters

Two killings in Muzaffarnagar and Meerut once again triggered tension in western Uttar Pradesh, which was rocked by large-scale communal riots last month, adversely impacting efforts to build mutual trust between the two communities.

The two killings that took place late on Wednesday morning triggered widespread protests and hundreds of people came out onto the streets and held demonstrations, demanding arrests of the culprits.

Security beefed up

According to officials, police had to use mild force to disperse the protesters and security has been beefed up in the two districts following the incident.

Officials said a barber was gunned down in Nai Mandi locality in Muzaffarnagar late on Wednesday night by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants while he was on his way to home after closing his shop.

The victim, who received serious injuries, was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead.

A mob, that accompanied the victim, blocked traffic as a sign of protest against the killing which prompted police to resort to lathi-charge.

In another incident, a youth was allegedly stabbed to death near Lavad area in the neighbouring Meerut district.

Police said the victim was attacked by some unidentified persons while he was returning home with his brother.

Vehicles damaged

A violent mob later set ablaze a police outpost and damaged several vehicles, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, police said.

They added that mild force was usedto disperse the mob. The situation in both the places is tense, but under control.

Local authorities have been trying to create an atmosphere of amity and goodwill by holding meetings of the two communities after the riots.

The fresh killings could once again vitiate the atmosphere and impact the efforts to normalise the situation.

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