A clash between Dalit and Muslim groups over a minor dispute left seven people injured at Kataka village in Muzaffarnagar’s Jansath police station area on Wednesday afternoon.
Both groups allegedly opened fire and engaged in brick-batting before the police arrived and used force to disperse them. Ten people have been detained in connection with the incident.
The injured persons have been admitted to the district hospital and police personnel have been deployed at the Muslim-dominated Kataka village in large numbers to maintain peace.
Police said the incident occurred when local contractor Sanjay, a Dalit, went to businessman Mohammad Rafique’s under-construction house at Kataka village. Sanjay had to collect money borrowed by labourer Rahul, also a Dalit, who was working at Rafique’s house. “There was an argument and Sanjay allegedly started beating up Rahul… Rafique tried to intervene and rescued Rahul. This offended Sanjay and he entered into a scuffle with Rafique,” said police. Supporters of Sanjay and Rafique gathered there and soon engaged in a clash.