1 killed as two groups clash in Varanasi

Varanasi: A 22-year-old man was killed and five others were injured today when two groups clashed over burying of a woman’s body in a graveyard in Haribhanpur village here, police said.

The incident took place when some persons were burying the body of the woman in the graveyard in the village. They were stopped by a group which objected saying the land belonged to them, leading to a scuffle between the two groups, Kapsethi SHO Akhilesh Mishra said.

The groups, in which some were armed with sticks and rods, attacked each other in which a man named Kaju Ali was seriously injured and died later at the hospital, he said.

After the incident, villagers blocked the Kapsethi-Varanasi road, which was cleared when District Magistrate Vijay Kiran Anand and SSP Akash Kulhary assured agitating villagers that action will be taken against the guilty.

An FIR has been registered in this connection and the body of the deceased has been sent for postmortem, Mishra said.