One student, five cops injured in clash

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Jind, Jan 10 (UNI) A student was injured while five policemen were hurt in a clash in front of a senior secondary school here today.

The students, agitated over the death of a schoolmate who was crushed under a truck in front of the school yesterday, blocked traffic and attacked Deputy Commissioner Yudhvir Singh who had come to pacify them. The DC was pelted with stones and rushed to a civil hospital here.

To quell the angry mob, police resorted to firing in the air in which one student was injured.

In retaliation, the students intensified stone pelting, set ablaze police vehicles, damaged government offices and trapped a head constable inside a wooden kiosk and attempted to burn him alive.

Later, addressing a joint press conference, DC Yudhvir Singh and Superintendent of Police Jagwant Lamba told newspersons that five police personnel were injured in stone pelting and undergoing treatment.

The student identified as Jayveer, had received minor injuries as the bullet had grazed past his elbow and was being treated through the Red Cross at the expense of the administration, the DC said.

The administration has declared a three-day holiday in government and public schools, he said.

The police force was also conducting a flag march in the city to maintain law and order and requisitioned additional forces and the situation was now under control, the SP said.

He claimed that some miscreants had joined the students and provoked them to block traffic and attack the police even though the administration had reached an agreement with the students yesterday and was acting on their demand for a speedbreaker in front of the school to avoid accidents.

The police registered cases against unidentified youths on charges of attempting to attack police personnel, arson, destroying police vehicles and damaging public property.

However, no arrests were made so far.

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