1 killed in sectarian clash in Lucknow

One person was shot dead and 10 people were critically injured in a sectarian clash which took place tonight after members of one sect fired at a gathering observing Muharram mourning in Wazirganj police station area of the old city in Lucknow.

Additional DG (law & order) Arun Kumar confirmed that one person died due to gunshot injury. He said they were yet to confirm if the people injured in the clash also sustained gunshot wounds.

The ADG said the situation was under control and heavy police force was deployed in the old city to maintain peace.

Lucknow Range DIG Navniet Sakera said the incident took place in the night, when members of a sect were holding majlis (mourning gathering) at deputy ka maqbara in Agha Mir Dyodhi locality. Suddenly, a group belonging to another sect arrived at the place and threw stones at the place of the gathering.

Another sect retaliated and both the groups indulged in brick-batting. Meanwhile, members of one sect opened indiscriminate fire at the gathering causing bullet injury to one. He was rushed to the trauma centre at KGMU, where he died within half an hour, added Sakera.

The people from another group too engaged in cross-firing when the senior officials including the DM and SSP rushed to the place.

The policemen fired in the air and cane-charged the people indulging in violence.

Rapid action force (RAF) and PAC personnel were deployed in sensitive areas under Chowk, Saadatganj, Thakurganj and Bazar Khala police stations.

A huge gathering collected outside the trauma centre where the injured were undergoing treatment.

A senior official said that tension prevailed in various areas of the old city for the past week with stray incidents of members of two sects indulging in brick-batting and raising objectionable slogans. Two days ago, some objectionable posters were posted on the walls and cars in Thakurganj area causing tension. However, timely intervention by the police avoided any untoward incident.

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