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Congress VP Rahul Gandhi `saddened` by Saharanpur communal riots

Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 19:05

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Condemning the eruption of communal violence in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that politics of hatred must end and it has no place in the country.

“I`m saddened to know about Saharanpur clashes. There is no place for violence, divisiveness and hatred in our country,” said Gandhi while speaking to ANI.

The Gandhi scion further appealed all to refrain themselves from being part of such communal riots. He also said that politics on such affairs should end.

Violent clashes broke out today between two communities over a land dispute here with the two sides indulging in brick batting and arson, leaving some persons injured and prompting authorities to impose curfew in the district.

The dispute escalated when members of one community started construction work at the site in Kutubsher area in the wee hours this morning, leading to violent clashes.

In a bid to control the situation, police used force and fired rubber bullets.

Heavy force, including police, PAC, RAF has been deployed in the area and paramilitary forces have also been called.

Even as curfew has been clamped, sporadic incidents of clashes were reported and tension prevails.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 17:52

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