Lucknow, Sep 16 (IANS) Four persons were shot dead on Friday in Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh in communal clashes after some boys allegedly teased a group of school girls, police said.
Some people opened fire during the violence, leaving four persons from the minority community dead and at least five others injured, the police said.
The injured were rushed to nearby medical facilities, a Home Department official told IANS.
The deceased were identified as Ehsaan, Sartaaz, Anees and Rizwan. The injured were identified as Furkan, Ansar, Saleem, Aladdin, Shahnawaz and Sarfaraz.
Their furious family members and relatives went on a rampage, pelting stones and setting several shops and vehicles on fire. They also jammed a highway with the bodies.
Two policemen – a sub-inspector and a constable — were suspended following the violence.
Five persons have been arrested for inciting the mobs and are being interrogated, a police officer said.
Angry locals complained that some school girls were being routinely teased by some people but the police did not act despite many complaints.