Agra MP injured in mob attack

Agra: Lok Sabha member from Agra Ram Shankar Katheria was injured when he was hit in stone-pelting by a mob, police said Saturday. The incident, in an area where most hotels are located, prompted foreign tourists to flee.

Katheria had to be admitted to a hospital after he was hit by a stone in the Tourist Complex area of Fatehabad Road Friday night. Hotels and cars were attacked. Most foreign tourists fled, some leaving the city late at night, as they feared for their life, industry sources said.

Police denied that tourists had left Agra due to the disturbances, but some hoteliers confirmed that a few groups had chosen to shift to Delhi out of panic.

The tourist area close to the Taj Mahal saw a massive deployment of police personnel.

Violence broke out after residents of Taj Ganj area brought out a man’s body and blocked the road.

Ramu, originally from Firozabad, was married to Sapna of Taj Ganj area only three months ago. His family members said the police had picked him up for gambling with some others. They accused the police of mercilessly beating Ramu, who subsequently died, and throwing his body in the wilderness. The police wanted access to the body but the agitators, who numbered several hundred, refused and pelted stones.

Later a mob attacked hotels and restaurants on Fatehabad Road. The protestors damaged vehicles parked outside hotels on Fatehabad Road. A marriage party was disturbed and the groom from Punjab beaten up. (IANS)

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