Kanpur: A case was registered on Saturday against 120 people in connection with the violent clashes between two groups over comments made by a Muslim leader, police said.
Amid tension in Muslim-dominated areas, security has been beefed up and strong reinforcements of PAC and Rapid Action Force personnel have been deployed to prevent any further clashes, DIG Ashok Mutha Jain said.
Those booked under various sections of the IPC and the Criminal Law Act belong to Barelvi and Deoband sects of Sunni Muslims and attempts are being made to arrest them, the police said.
Trouble began yesterday at Bajaria area in Colonelganj here after some people belonging to the Barelvi sect tried to burn an effigy of Rajya Sabha member Maulana Mahmood Madani as they were upset over some alleged unsavoury remarks made by him earlier.
Opposition to this act by members of the Deobandi sect resulted in violence between the two groups who resorted to stone pelting and firing, in which a child was severely wounded as a bullet hit him, and eight others were injured.
The injured child, Farhan, who is admitted to a private hospital is still in a critical condition, District Magistrate, Mukesh Meshram told a news agency.