Meerut: Boy’s killing sparks communal tension

The murder of a 15-year-old boy inflamed communal tension in Meerut Friday, but the administration rushed in time to prevent it from spiralling into a major law and order problem. Karan Kaushik, a Class XI student, was killed allegedly by Muslim youth Thursday night.

He had gone to a cybercafe in Subhash Nagar, and when he did return till late in the night, his family reported him missing to the police at Civil Lines. Not long after, the police detained Salman and Shoaib, who were named in the complaint as suspects, for questioning. They confessed.

The two men told the police they had killed Karan with a shovel after an altercation over a "deal" on a mobile phone, and dumped his body in a pre-dug grave in the local graveyard. The police exhumed the body and sent it for post-mortem.

As soon as the news of the killing spread, panic set in and half an hour later Meerut was a ghost town of shuttered markets and deserted streets. Sensing trouble, the administration also closed colleges and schools.

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