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India Communal Violence In Saharanpur, 2 Dead, Curfew Imposed

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Saharanpur: Curfew under Section 144 was clamped in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur on Saturday after clashes broke out between two groups in the area over land dispute.

The violence has claimed two lives and as many as 15 people have been injured.

Traffic on the national highway connecting Ambala was thrown out of gear as protestors went on the rampage.

"Right now the condition of Saharanpur is being reviewed. Additional forces have been sent there.

More officers are going there. As of now our priority is to take control of the situation," said Mukul Goel, ADG, Saharanpur.

Over two dozen shops and vehicles were gutted.

A dozen people have been arrested for inciting violence over the land dispute.

Sources said the brawl began with a verbal spat over a gurdwara and some construction taking place adjacent to it.

"A continuous monitoring of the situation in Saharanpur and Moradabad is being done by senior police and government officials," Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal told PTI.

"The CM has directed Principal Secretary (Home) to deal with the Saharanpur situation strictly. He has directed that there must be no laxity at any level and law and order must be maintained at any cost," he said.

Meanwhile, Commissioner, Saharanpur, Tanveer Zafar Ali said that a policeman sustained bullet injury in the clashes and has been referred to PGI in a serious condition. Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said that curfew has been clamped in three police stations and no one would be allowed to disturb law and order situation.

(Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/up-curfew-imposed-in-saharanpur-following-violence/488343-3-242.html)
 

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SGPC panel to visit Saharanpur for inquiring into incident

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday announced the formation of a four-member panel, which will visit Saharanpur to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation there following clashes between members of two minority communities over possession of a disputed property adjacent to a gurdwara.

The committee will comprise SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, executive members Karnail Singh Panjoli and Rajinder Singh Mehta, and SGPC assistant secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhura Kona, who will be the coordinator.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has told the panel to immediately leave for Saharanpur. The panel was formed soon after Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh discussed the violence that broke out in Saharanpur with Makkar.

Briefing the media, Makkar said the incident occurred at the Singh Sabha gurdwara near Saharanpur. He was briefed about the incident by Gurpreet Singh Banga, the general manager of the gurdwara, over phone.

Referring to his telephonic conversation, Makkar claimed that some miscreants, without any provocation, first attacked the management members of the shrine and then pelted the devotees, who were sitting inside the gurdwara, with stones. Thereafter, they set fire to the shops and other properties owned by Sikhs outside the shrine, he added, while pointing out that the miscreants used firearms and other weapons to attack the Sikhs.

Makkar said, "It seems these miscreants were bent on creating communal tension between the two communities that had been living peacefully."

Makkar also spoke to the Uttar Pradesh DGP and the Saharanpur police commissioner and urged them to ensure the safety of Sikhs and their properties, including the safety of gurdwaras.

(Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/amritsar/sgpc-panel-to-visit-saharanpur-for-inquiring-into-incident/article1-1244942.aspx)
 

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