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Allahabad | Agencies | Monday 4 March 2013 :: Policemen were attacked and government property damaged as violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar district after a Hindu leader was shot dead, police said on Monday.
Ram Babu Gupta, district president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini under the umbrella organisation Hindu Jagran Manch, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Sunday night while he was returning to his home in Tanda, 470 km from Lucknow.
As news of the killing spread, his supporters took to the streets, torching vehicles, attacking policemen and damaging government and other properties. The mob also fired and torched several shops and even burnt a Roadways bus.
Authorities clamped indefinite curfew in Tanda area of Ambedkarnagar district today after series of communal violence following murder of Hindu Yuva Vahini district president Rambabu Gupta last night.
Inspector General of Police( Law and Order) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma said here preventive curfew has been imposed in Tanda area of Ambedkarnagar following reports of violence and clashes.
Superintendent of Police(SP) of Ambedkarnagar D P Srivastava told UNI on telephone that curfew has been clamped in both the Tanda and Aliganj police stations of the Tanda area.
He said curfew was clamped after violence when the body of Ram Babu Gupta was taken to his residence from the post mortem house. Several shops and vehicles were torched by the mob during the violence.
Last night too after the crime, an irate mob went violent and torched several vehicles, including a police jeep. SO of Aliganj police Om Prakash Yadav was also badly beaten up by the mob.
Ram Babu Gupta (42) was returning to his residence from his business place on bike when the criminals shot him dead near Chandralok Palace.
It also presented the police from taking the body of the deceased leader. Large contingent of police force have been rushed to Tanda to control the situation.
Mr Srivastava said the situation was tense but under control. He said efforts were on to nab the culprits involved in the murder of Gupta. Meanwhile,the Hindu organisations in Ambedkarnagar district has called for district bandh tomorrow in protest against the killing.