Protest turns violent; 16 policemen injured

Protest turns violent; 16 policemen injured

Sixteen policemen were injured today when a protest by members of a particular community at Kandhla in neighbouring Shamli district turned violent following which a case has been registered naming, among others, a former nagar panchayat chairman.

According to police, members of the Tablighi Jamaat community were protesting against the incident in which five members of their community were thrashed yesterday by some youths on board a Delhi-Kandhla train.

Meanwhile, RPF said they have filed a case in this connection.

The Kandhla protest today saw an irate crowd gherao the police station and pelt stones besides setting some vehicles on fire, said SP Vijay Bhushan.

To disperse the violent protesters, police had to fire teargas shells and also resorted to a baton charge, he added.

In the wake of the incident, a case has been registered against 1,000 people. Among five people named in it is former nagar panchayat chairman Haji Islam, said Bhushan.
Police's baton charge left one person injured.

Bhushan added that security has been tightened and extra police force deployed in the town following the incident.

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