Tension prevailed in some areas of the city on Sunday after a clash between two communities over construction of a water kiosk near a mosque left dozens of people injured even as police registered cases against 200 persons in connection with the violence.
Security has been tightened in the city following the clash on Saturday with eight companies of Rapid Action Force and six companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary deployed, senior superintendent of police Omkar Singh said.
Seven persons were injured, one of them seriously, in the clash which saw both sides pelting stones and opening fire at each other, he said.
According to unverified reports, 24 people have been injured in the clashes.
Cases have been registered against 200 persons in this connection, he said, adding more persons will be booked after identifying them from the video footage of the incident.
Strict action will also be taken against persons involved in spreading rumours about the clash, Singh said.
According to police sources, tension prevailed in some parts of the city after the violence.
Members of two communities clashed over construction of a water kiosk near a mosque in Teergaran area.
In view of the clash, the famous Nauchandi Mela, which was to end tomorrow, has been winded up.
Many traders, who were hopeful of earning good revenue in these two days, winded up their shops on Saturday.
The mela, which usually begins on the second Sunday after the Holi festival, started on April 11 this time due to ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh principal secretary (home) Anil Kumar Gupta and director general of police Anand Lal Banerjee inspected the areas where the clash had erupted.
After inspecting the Teergaran and adjacent areas under Kotwali police station, they visited the local Medical College and Hospital where injured were admitted.
The state government will provide financial assistance to the injured, they told reporters.
Accepting that the incident was a lapse at the administrative level, they said a probe would be initiated in the matter by the district magistrate, Meerut.
Stringent action will be taken against people who were involved the incident, they said.