Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers created a ruckus at a police station in Bareilly on Tuesday over alleged police inaction in solving a love jihad case.
The protesters charged that a Hindu girl was forced to marry a non-Hindu boy.
As per reports, a belligerent mob of BJP and VHP workers on Tuesday collected outside the Kila police station of Bareilly and ransacked its office and damaged furniture, demanding immediate action against the kidnappers of the girl.
Hours later, a video surfaced on social media in which the abducted girl could be heard saying that she was an adult and had left home with her boyfriend Bilal on her own.
To counter the content of the video clip, the protesters claimed that the girl gave the statement under pressure and demanded the arrest of Bilal and recovery of the girl.
The protesters laid siege to the police station for over an hour before the police resorted to cane-charge to disperse them.
Local BJP MLA Arun Kumar and Bithri MLA Pappu Bhartaul too reached the police station. Senior Superintendent of Police of Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan, later said that the inspector of Kila police station was sent to the lines and in-charge of Maulipur police outpost and two constables were suspended.
Sajwan said that an FIR was registered against five persons for ransacking the police station and damaging its property.
The district police chief added that an FIR was also registered in connection with the abduction of the girl and a search was underway to recover her.
Meanwhile in Shamli, a 16-year-old girl was abducted and raped by her neighbour in a village in Kairana police station area on Tuesday.
The girl was alone at her house on Tuesday when the neighbour took her to an isolated place and raped her. She narrated her ordeal to her family.
Later a case was registered against the neighbour under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at Kairana police station.
While the victim was sent for medical examination, the police are searching for the absconding accused.