Mirzapur: As many as 12 people were on Saturday injured as locals, protesting against being stopped from immersing Durga idols in river Ganga, clashed with police which resorted to lathicharge and firing in the air here.
The idol procession from Dunkinganj village was stopped at Pehti crossing in Kotwali area from moving towards Ganga for immersion as per court orders when locals turned irate and started pelting stones in which eight policemen, including a lady policeman were injured, police said.
Police resorted to lathicharge to control the situation and fired in the air resulting in injuries to four people including one 18-year-old Krishna who suffered gunshot injuries.
The injured have been admitted to a hospital from where Krishna who sustained serious injuries was referred to Varanasi hospital, police added. PTI CORR
District Magistrate Ajay Kumar Upadhayay said, "The city has been divided in five zones and heavy police have been deployed in all the areas to maintain communal harmony."
Superintendent of Police Bharat Singh said police are acting swiftly and the situation is under control.