More than a dozen people were injured in communal clashes between two communities in Merrut. Reportedly, three people have suffered bullet injuries and one of them is said to be critical.
Violence took place after a scramble between Hindus and Muslims over setting up a border around a well outside a mosque in Teergaraan region of Merrut. Photographs of the youth, who is reported to be seriously injured, were uploaded on social media site Facebook and Twitter by local BJP leaders.
The clashes spread to the close by areas of Budhana gate, Lala Bazar and Bazaza Bazar. Both the groups are alleged to have fired at each other.
Vijay Anand, a BJP corporator, who was among the first to arrive at Teergaraan, was allegedly manhandled and his motorbike was put on fire.
“I reached the place carrying a copy of the local court verdict which banned any construction around the well. The court held that it is a public property as a Jain temple is also located in the area. Nobody paid heed to me. They pushed me aside and set my bike ablaze while the police took no action,” BJP corporator Vijay Anand said.
Mayor of Meerut District, Ravikant Ahluwallia, also staged protests in the affected area along with party supporters.
Ahluwallia said, “The police did not react on time, as a result of which the violence escalated. The local police are operating at the behest of the ruling party as they remained soft towards members of the minority community who started the trouble.”