Bareilly (UP), Mar 2: A religious place was demolished allegedly during anti-encroachment drive by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) triggering tension in Fareedpur town here on Wednesday, police said here.
As the news of the incident spread, members of a community assembled at the spot and blocked the national highway. A shut-down was also observed.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Arun Kumar claimed that the situation was under control and all parties concerned were consulted before taking the step.
Kumar said that a section was still protesting and talks would be held with them soon. To avoid possible backlash, police were deployed in strength in the area.