Irate mob clashes with police in Uttar Pradesh

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Fatehpur (UP), June 4 : Violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh over the State Government's decision to expand a district by merging villages of an adjoining district.

Residents of Khaga burnt vehicles and blocked a railway track to protest against the decision to add 265 villages to Kaushambi district.

Police lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to baton charging in order to control the agitated mob.

"We don't want to separate from the people of Fatehpur district. We are linked to Fatehpur district socially, politically and geographically. Kaushambi district is far from railway station and national highway. Thus it will be difficult to commute. They'll have to spend extra time and money while commuting," said Arun Yadav, a protester.

Kaushambi district was carved out of Allahabad district in 1997.

The issue has created an uproar amongst the residents of the Khaga sub-division who have been staging protests and strikes and handing over memoranda to the administration.

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