Roorkee: A forcible evacuation of a scrap dealer’s shop on Wednesday took an ugly turn in Roorkee in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district as a communal riot erupted leaving at least 32 injured, including 12 police personnel.
The incident prompted the authorities to impose prohibitory orders. To disperse the clashing groups of two communities, police had to resort to lathicharge and several rounds of fire in the air.
The shopkeeper belonged to the minority community whose shop was forcefully evacuated by the supporters of former Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion.
Champion was one of the nine Congress MLA who revolted against Chief Minister Harish Rawat and later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Circle Officer Pratap Singh said that the members of minority community alleged that their sacred book was also desecrated as things were thrown out of the office.