One person was injured in the clashes and nearly 60 persons have been arrested, police said. The mahapanchayt was convened to protest the slapping of National Security Act (NSA) against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, they said.

"One person was injured and 50-60 people have been arrested," Meerut Divisional Commissioner Manjit Singh said.

The clashes broke out when rumours spread that some women were injured in caning by police at the venue, the village head said. Irate villagers started pelting stones on the police personnel deployed there, he said.

Police fired warning shots in the air and used tear gas to bring the situation under control. Some official vehicles were also damaged and set on fire by irate villagers, he said.

The local administration had refused permission for the mahapanchayat, organized by Som's supported at Janata Inter College and imposed prohibitory orders in the village.

The district administration had on Saturday claimed after talks with leaders of the mahapanchayat that they had agreed to postpone it.


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