23/04/2017 11:57 AM IST | Updated 23/04/2017 12:00 PM IST

Agra Policeman Attacked, His Car Burnt Down, By Alleged Bajrang Dal Workers

The mob demanded the release of their co-workers.

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Violence erupted in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday as a state police personnel was allegedly attacked by members of the rightwing Hindutva outfit Bajrang Dal. The mob later set the officer's vehicle ablaze.

The incident took place when protestors, led by BJP Fatehpur Sikri MLA Udaybhan Singh, went to the Sadar Bazaar police station to demand the release of 5 people, believed to be Bajrang Dal workers, who had been held there. The assault on Sub-Inspector Santosh Kumar and the burning of his car happened soon after the MLA had left the scene, The Indian Express reported.

The five men had been detained after they gheraoed the police station in the morning demanding that an FIR filed against 9 Hindu men for beating up members of the minority community be expunged. They also wanted a fresh case to be registered against the members of the minority community, who were allegedly attacked in the first place.

In the ensuing clash with the protestors, the police used mild force and detained five people, who were later sent to the Sadar Bazaar police station.

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