Violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district after two men, trying to escape from a police raid, jumped into a river and drowned.
Police, however, said the situation was under control on Thursday.
In the police raid on a gambling den late Wednesday, Dinesh and Satish, afraid of being arrested, jumped into the Ram Ganga river.
As the news of the drowning spread, locals and angry relatives went on a rampage. They torched vehicles and attacked a police station, injuring over a dozen policemen.
An official told IANS that 12 motorbikes were set on fire by the mob and many other police vehicles were also targeted.
Senior officials including DIG R.K.S. Rathore, IG Vijay Singh Meena and district police chief Dharamveer Singh rushed to the spot.
An official said additional security personnel have been deployed.
“We are keeping an eye on the situation. For now things are under control,” the official said.