Saharanpur: Two people were injured in a clash between two communities after a woman was allegedly sexually harassed in Deoband police station area here, police said on Friday.

Five people have been taken into custody following a complaint by a right-wing organisation, they said. A young woman was returning home from the market on Thursday night when a youth allegedly sexually harassed her. Several shopkeepers came forward in her support, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Suraj Rai told PTI. The youth attacked one of the shopkeepers with a rod after which an argument broke out between the two communities, Rai said. The issue soon snowballed with the two groups attacking each other with lathis. One person each from both the sides sustained injuries in the fight, he said. Investigations are on and necessary action will be taken, the SP said. In protest against this incident, BJP leaders and people associated with Hindu organisations sat on a dharna in the night. The police rushed to the spot, held talks with the two sides and defused the situation, police said.—PTI

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