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2014 Meerut riots
Date 10 May 2014 (2014-05-10) – 10 May 2014 (2014-05-10)
Location Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
28°59′N 77°42′E / 28.98°N 77.70°E / 28.98; 77.70Coordinates: 28°59′N 77°42′E / 28.98°N 77.70°E / 28.98; 77.70
Causes Scuffle between two communities over fence construction around a well escalated into riot[1]
Violence and action
Death(s)3[3]
Injuries50[2]
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On May 10, 2014, a scuffle between two communities over construction of fence around well escalated into riots in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, a northern state of India[1] As of May 11, 3 people were killed and 50 injured, including a top police officer and two media persons.[2]

Background

Two local groups in Meerut were staking claims in a well which has been directed by court to maintained at status quo. But, in-charge of nearby mosque had started to construct concrete fence around the well.[4] The incident started at around 2 PM on May 10 in the Teer Gehran area of Meerut.[5] There have been various theories regarding the cause of violence. While Times of India reported that this construction of fence paved way for riots,[4] the other prominent newspaper New Indian Express reported that installation of water facilitation centre was objected by members from Jain community arguing that it would affect their temple, which started the riots.[6][7]

Clashes

While the cause of riot was uncertain, the argument between the two communities escalated into shouting of slogans against each other. Soon violence erupted and vehicles were set fire. Stone pelting and firing of arms were done by members of both communities.[6] Few police personnel who tried to control the mob faced injuries.[2]

One person succumbed to bullet wound, while other injured were being taken to local hospitals.[3]

Security

Police sources stated that patrolling has been intensified. Six companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary and Eight companies of Rapid Action Force has been deployed to restore peace[6] Shops were closed in the area due to rioting.[8]

Criminal Cases were registered against 200 people in connection with the riots and Nauchandi Mela has been wound up before its scheduled end.[9] According to Meerut SP Om Prakash Singh, the police have identified some criminals from a video footage.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hindu-Muslim clashes leave several injured in Meerut, BJP uploads photos. Indian Express. Retrieved on 11 May 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "50 injured in Meerut riot". DNA India. 10 May 2014. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-50-injured-in-meerut-riot-1986914. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meerut: District administration laxity led to communal riots?". One India. 11 May 2014. http://news.oneindia.in/lucknow/meerut-district-administration-laxity-led-to-communal-riots-lse-1445450.html. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Water row leads to Meerut riots". Times of India. 11 May 2014. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Water-row-leads-to-Meerut-riots/articleshow/34940475.cms. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Meerut Communal violence: Criminal Cases filed against 200 People. IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved on 11 May 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "50 Injured in Meerut Riot". New Indian Express. 10 May 2014. http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/50-Injured-in-Meerut-Riot/2014/05/10/article2217425.ece. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  7. "Meerut: Over 50 people injured in communal clashes". Firstpost. 11 May 2014. http://www.firstpost.com/india/meerut-communal-clash-leaves-50-people-injured-1517323.html. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  8. "Meerut communal riots: One dead, 50 injured". One India. 11 May 2014. http://news.oneindia.in/lucknow/meerut-communal-riots-one-dead-50-injured-1445423.html. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  9. "Meerut: Security increased after communal clashes". Firstpost. 11 May 2014. http://www.firstpost.com/india/meerut-security-increased-after-communal-clashes-1517809.html. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
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