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5 injured in clash between supporters of UP Forest Minister, nephew

SRINAGAR, SEP 30 (UNI):- A security personnel keeping vigil at Lal Chowk as authorities imposed curfew in down town and civil line areas of Srinagar on Friday to foil 'Lal Chowk' challo march called by separatists in support to their right to self determination. UNI PHOTO - 6U

New Delhi: Five persons were injured as supporters of Uttar Pradesh Forest Minister Durga Prasad Yadav and his nephew Pramod Yadav clashed over some tiff in Ukraura village in Azamgarh.

The supporters of the two factions had organised separate bhandaras in Ukraura mela on Friday in which the Minister’s son Vijay Yadav and nephew Pramod Yadav were present, police said.

Both the sides fired in the air over some petty quarrel and also indulged in brick batting following which five persons were injured. The injured have been admitted to the district hospital, they said.

Upon getting information about the incident, SP, Traffic Hafizur Rehman and other officials rushed to the spot with additional forces.

Eyewitnesses said that upon the arrival of the force, the Ministers supporters left the place while nine persons including his nephew were taken into custody. They were later taken to Kotwali police station for questioning.

Rehman said that both the factions had fired in the air and further investigation is on. No one will be spared, he said.

Meanwhile, the supporters of Pramod have alleged that police was taking one-sided action under the “pressure of the Minister”.

Meanwhile, Durga Prasad visited the injured in the hospital late last night. He claimed that he got to know about the incident while he was on his way to Azamgarh and said action will be taken against those responsible.

The Ministers son and nephew are former block pramukhs.