The violence took place at an area under the Bazarkhala Police Station in the old city. Both sides pelted stones at each other and fired blanks in the air.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucknow Range, RK Chaturvedi said in the afternoon, a Hindu community meal had been organized at Master Kanhaiyya Lal road and a loudspeaker was being used here at the same time, when Friday prayers were beginning.

A verbal spat broke at that time but the situation was taken under control after intervention of elders, the police official informed. However, the simmering anger spilled out on Friday night and both sides fought pitched battles, pelted stones at each other and vandalised public property.

After the handful of policemen on picket duty were outnumbered, police reinforcements were rushed to the spot. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were also deployed.

District Administration conceded the situation is tense and intermittent sloganeering is being heard from the lanes in the area. However, the situation is 'largely in control', it said.

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