Zee Media Bureau
Meerut: A day after cases against 200 persons were registered in connection with a communal clash that left seven injured here, authorities ordered the closure of all schools in the city in Uttar Pradesh.
Security was, meanwhile, intensified here where an uneasy calm prevailed following Friday`s clash between two communities over the construction of a water kiosk near a mosque in Teergaran area.
Members of a community opposed the installation of the kiosk, saying it was near their temple too and the queue of people would disturb the peace of the premises.
But people from the other community did not agree and installed the water kiosk there, following which a scuffle took place between the two rival groups.
The scuffle blew out of proportion and people started shouting slogans against the other community.
Some vehicles and kiosks were set afire, and members from each side pelted bricks and stones. There were also reports of firing.
Police, Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel had been deployed in trouble-torn areas to maintain peace, said Senior Superintendent of Police Omkar Singh.
Seven persons were injured, one of them seriously, in the clash.
According to unverified reports, 24 people had been injured.
Police had registered cases against 200 persons in connection with the violence, the SSP said, adding more would be booked after identifying them from video footage.
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) Anil Kumar Gupta and Director General of Police Anand Lal Banerjee inspected the violence-hit areas yesterday.
They also visited the hospitals where the injured were admitted.
The state government would provide financial assistance to the injured, they told reporters, adding a probe into the violence would be initiated.
District Magistrate Navdeep Rinwa ordered closure of all schools up to XII standard on Monday.
Rinwa said schools would remain shut till May 14 as both May 13 and May 14 were public holidays.
However, schools which are holding examinations on May 12 could open and function normally, the DM said.
In view of the violence, the famous Nauchandi Mela in the city, which was to end today, has already wound up.
(With Agency inputs)