Uttar Pradesh tops the list in the country for the highest number of communal incidents reported in a State in 2013 and also accounts for the most number of casualties as a result of such incidents.
Communal clashes broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district leaving one person dead and injured 18 others.
Tension erupted over construction of a platform of a religious place in Mohammadpur Bazar area following which people of two communities went on a rampage, ransacking shops and setting vehicles on fire.
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The husband of the village head of Rasoolpur village was constructing the platform of a religious place when the members of the other community objected to it and beat him up on Monday following which both sides clashed and indulged in heavy brickbatting, police said on Tuesday.
A mob then ransacked the market area, damaging three dozen shops and setting two motorcycles on fire, police said, adding traffic on the Azamgarh-Varanasi and Allahabad State highway remained disrupted for about four hours because of the incident.
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There are also reports of firing in the market, police said, adding the situation was brought under control when police and PAC were rushed from the headquarters late in the night.
The deceased has been identified as Vijay Prasad Yadav (32), police said, adding a seriously injured youth, Azhar (20) has been referred to Varanasi hospital.
Some other seriously injured persons were undergoing treatment in local hospitals.