According to reports, around 30 people, including three policemen, were injured as Hindu and Muslim mobs clashed in Ghaziabad over the use of loudspeakers. The police officials confirmed the cause and stated that several vehicles were set on fire and local shops looted and gutted. The incident took place on Sunday night at Farid Nagar area but came to light only today.
Police officials have stated that the problem erupted when the two communities got into a heated argument over the use of loudspeakers in two adjacent places of worship.
As members of one community forcibly tried to shut down the loudspeaker of the other community, clashes were triggered.
Reports suggest that Senior police officials including Deputy Inspector General (Meerut) Ramit Sharma rushed to the spot and diverted traffic from National Highway 58 to National Highway 24 via Hapur.
“Sufficient force, including PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary), has been deployed in the area… The situation is under control,” said Inspector General Alok Sharma.
Police have so far registered a case for rioting against hundreds of people including former Farid Nagar chairman Lalit Garg and local councilor identified only as Arif. The entry of political leaders into the town has been restricted.