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UP: BJP MLA Sangeet Som's supporters clash with police in Meerut

Meerut: Villagers clashed with police in Khera village after defying prohibitory orders to hold a Mahapanchayat against slapping of NSA on BJP MLA Sangeet Som in connection with the Muzaffarnagar violence.

One person was injured in the clashes and nearly 60 persons have been arrested, police said. The Mahapanchayt was convened to protest the slapping of National Security Act (NSA) against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, they said.

"One person was injured and 50-60 people have been arrested," Meerut Divisional Commissioner Manjit Singh said. The clashes broke out when rumours spread that some women were injured in caning by police at the venue, the village head said. Irate villagers started pelting stones on the police personnel deployed there, he said.

 UP: BJP MLA Sangeet Soms supporters clash with police in Meerut

Sangeet Singh Som in this file photo. PTI

Police fired warning shots in the air and used tear gas to bring the situation under control. Some official vehicles were also damaged and set on fire by irate villagers, he said.

The local administration had refused permission for the Mahapanchayat, organised by Som's supported at Janata Inter College, and imposed prohibitory orders in the village.

The district administration had yesterday claimed after talks with leaders of the Mahapanchayat that they had agreed to postpone it.


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Updated Date: Sep 30, 2013 08:48:22 IST