Bagpat: The forcible removal of Jain Muni sitting on hunger strike demanding closure of slaughter houses led to protest and arson here on Thursday.

Jain monk Prabhu Sagar was forcibly admitted to a hospital by the police late on Wednesday night after his health deteriorated due his 16-day long strike.

As the news of his arrest spread the next morning, people came out on the streets forcing the markets to close. Protestors raised anti-government slogans and burnt effigy of Chief Minister Mayawati while blocking traffic at several places including the Delhi-Saharanpur highway.

They resorted to stone pelting after police resorted to lathicharge and aerial firing.

The police encounter only worsened the situation as the outrageous mob started attacking police in guerrilla-style in different areas of the city. They fiercely ransacked two police checkpoints while damaging three buses and other vehicles.

The confrontation leaved a dozen people wounded including some policemen and one inspector. Later the District Magistrate and the superintendent of Police had to take control of the situation with the help of force.

In order to maintain peace, a large number of police - PAC have been deployed in the disturbed areas.

(JPN/Bureau)