A 22-year-old man was shot at and injured by a miscreant amid clashes that broke out in the old city area in Aligarh on Sunday between the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters and police after incidents of arson and stone-pelting, said officials.
The clashes led police to fire teargas shells to disperse the mob indulging in vandalisation of property and throwing stones at security personnel in upper Kot area of the Kotwali police station, said Aligarh District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh.
Following the violence, the administration also suspended internet services in Aligarh till Sunday midnight as a precautionary measure, Singh added.
The violence broke out at a spot on the Mohamed Ali Road leading to the Kotwali police station where some women protesters were holding a dharnasince Saturday with the police trying to evict them from there, he said.
One of the injured included 22-year-old man Tariq, whose father and brother told police that he suffered bullet injury by a ‘miscreant’ who opened fire at his brother amid the clashes between police and protesters.
Tariq was admitted at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital at Aligarh Muslim University, where doctors described his condition as ‘serious’.
The victim has suffered a bullet injury in the stomach, they said.
Tariq’s father told police at the hospital in presence of this PTI reporter that his son was standing in front of his house when he was shot at by a miscreant whom he recognises.
The clashes in the old city area broke out shortly after a Bhim Army-led march by hundreds of anti-CAA protesters heading to the district collectorate earlier were stopped midway by police and Rapid Action Force jawans.