Ghaziabad: Entry of any political leaders to Khindoda Village in the district has been banned after a clash between villagers and police when they tried to stop a `havan` organised by VHP in protest against the Meerut rape and conversion incident.
"No political leaders are allowed to enter the Khindoda village with prior permission," Superintendent of Police (Rural) Jagdish Sharma said.
Today police stopped Arvind Bhartiya, district BJP President and several activists, marching towards Khindoda, to enter the village, police said.
The decision to prohibit the entry of political leaders was taken after yesterday`s clash between villagers and police, in which one of the police official allegedly lost his service revolver.
Police had yesterday gone to village after receiving information about the gathering of villagers for a meeting and havan organised by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Shiv mandir of Khindoda village in protest against rape and conversion incident.
Upon getting information about the gathering of VHP leaders and activists, Niwari Police Station Officer Om Prakash Mathur reached the temple with police force and started videography of meeting and havan, police said.
Police alleged that havan and meeting was called to flare up the religious sentiments of the public.
During videography, police constables reached near the `havan kund` without putting off their shoes, which enraged the gathering.
Enraged by this, the activists pelted stones and in retaliation police resorted to lathi charge. In the scuffle police official lost the grip of his service revolver.
The district BJP president, who was today stopped at the barricading at the entrance of the village, alleged that police dragged ladies and children from houses and beat them mercilessly, upon the incident of losing the revolver.
Meanwhile, Sharma said that following the incident, 12 persons were released after questioning, eight were detained and three others Sukhbir, Tapesh and Chote Lal have been sent to jail.
Police and paramilitary force has been deployed in the village and situation is under control, Sharma added.