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Four killed in communal riots in Aligarh, indefinite curfew clamped

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Aligarh/Lucknow, Apr 6 (UNI) Indefinite curfew was clamped in communally sensitive Aligarh city following violent clashes between two communities this afternoon, which resulted in the loss of four lives, besides injuries to eight others.

Superintendent of Police (Aligarh City), confirming the death of four people in the communal clashes that took place in the sensitive Dahiwali Gali area this afternoon, said that eight others wounded in incidents of firing and stone pelting between two communities have been rushed to the hospital.

State Principal Secretary (Home) S K Agrawal said in Lucknow that curfew has been clamped in Kotwali, Sasni Gate, Delhi Gate, Banna Devi and Gandhi Park police circles and additional companies of PAC and Rapid Action Force (RAF) were camping in the affected areas.

''The situation is tense, but under control,'' he maintained.

At least 100 people have been arrested so far in connection with the communal flare up, while a compensation of Rs five lakh each has been announced to next of the kin of the deceased. Financial assitance of Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000 has been announced for those with serious and minor wounds, Mr Agrawal added.

Mr Agrawal further said that a high alert has been sounded in the state following the tension.

Meanwhile, Police Superintendent (Aligarh City) S K Verma informed that curfew was clamped following violent clashes between two communities over a dispute pertaining to decoration at a makeshift temple for Ramnavmi in the sensitive Dahiwali Gali area.

Communal tension first sparked off in the area last night following dispute at a makeshift temple in the area, resulting in incidents of stone pelting, firing and destruction of public property in the sensitive area. The police, however, succeeded in controlling the situation within a few hours, Mr Verma said.

The communal tension erupted once again this afternoon in the same area and soon percolated to other parts, in the form of incidents of firing and stone pelting, following which indefinite curfew was clamped in three police cirlces, he added.

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