As the Durga Puja celebrations commenced on Thursday, One person died and over two dozen sustained injuries in clashes during a procession for Dugra idol immersion in Uttar Pradesh.
Incidents of violence was reported from Kannuaj, Bulandshahar, Rae Bareli and Allahabad.
A group of people from a particular community started pelting stones at a procession in Kannauj and later opened fire following a full-fledged clash. Mahesh Kushwaha sustained injuries and died on the way to hospital. Apurva Gupta, another youth sustained critical injuries. Six more people have also sustained injuries and admitted to a hospital in Kannuaj.
Clashes also erupted in Bulandshahar, where over a dozen people who were part of a procession sustained injuries. Krishna Veer, a police constable was also left injured in the violence.
Similar clashes broke out in Allahabad and Rae Bareli, leaving five people injured.
It was only two days ago that Alok Ranjan, Chief Secretary of UP had held a meeting with the district officers and said that they would be held responsible for any violence during Durga idol immersion in their areas.