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Hapur blames ‘teasing’ for riots, no girl in sight

24, Aug 2014

Written by Siddhartha Gupta | Hapur | August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Members of the Qureshi and Lodha community in the village clashed after the two boys got into a fight.
A day after Bahadurgarh, a small village in Hapur district, saw a communal flare-up over a minor quarrel between two 15-year-old boys — one Hindu and the other a Muslim — villagers claimed that scuffle had started after a Hindu girl was reportedly “teased” by a Muslim boy in a local school.
But, no one — not the villagers and not even police — know who or where this girl is. On Thursday afternoon, members of the Qureshi and Lodha community in the village clashed after the two boys got into a fight in their school, Lal Bahadur Shastri Inter College. Police claimed the fight was over a “trivial matter”, but in the ensuing violence, over half a dozen shops were burnt down with “bottle bombs”.

 

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