Agitators demanding separation of Hardwar district from Uttaranchal exchanged fire with police at Mangalore near Dehra Dun on Tuesday resulting in the death of one person and injuries to 20, including two policemen, Director General of Police A K Sharan said.
However, unofficial sources said two persons were killed in the exchange of fire.
Sharan said that police fired four rounds after the agitators, belonging to Samajwadi Party and Hardwar Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, who laid a siege on Delhi-Dehra Dun national highway at Mangalore, fired at them. An unidentified person was killed in the cross-firing.
Earlier, the agitators threw stones at the police party and torched a police vehicle and a private bus forcing the cops to use canes and lob teargas shells, he said. Twenty people, including two policemen, were injured in the clash.
The situation in Hardwar was tense but under control, Sharan said.
Over 400 agitators had been arrested so far and four companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and PAC deployed in the area, he said.
Meanwhile, Uttaranchal chief minister Nityanand Swami termed the demand for separation of Hardwar as unjustified and said that he had asked the district administration to take measures to control the situation.