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Indian police arrests attackers against police in Muslim district

(Xinhua)

10:38, July 23, 2012

NEW DELHI, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Police have arrested an unspecified number of people in the Muslim district of Old Delhi for pelting stones against police Saturday night over dispute on the construction of a mosque, said police on Sunday.

The incident took place near the Jama Masjid mosque where an excavated site was planned by local Muslims to build a mosque. But authorities Saturday afternoon stopped the construction work of the mosque on the Delhi High Court's order and handed over the site to archaeologists.

A mob pelted stones and injured 10 policemen afterwards.

The police officials said the situation was volatile and " anything could happen", though there had been no violent incidents so far, according to Indo-Asian News Service.

"We have arrested a few people in this connection. An inspector and a head constable and eight constables were injured when the mob pelted stones at them," Additional Commissioner of Police Devesh Chandra Srivastva told the media.

The police post and the gates of the excavation site have bore marks of stones that hit them Saturday while a car smashed in a by- lane nearby. The protestors had also attacked some buses Saturday night.

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