PRAYAGRAJ, April 2 (HS): Wheat crops spread around an area of thousand acres were gutted in fire due to short circuit in Singhpur Kachar village under Nawabganj police station on Thursday. Villagers informed the police but they along with the fire brigade went to the spot but till then it was too late. The raging inferno spread like wildfire and within an hour the entire area witnessed a charred look. Furious over the delay in arrival of police and fire brigade, the villagers went into rampage and scuffle was witnessed with the cops. All the efforts by policemen to pacify the villagers went futile and they pushed the police vehicles into the ditch after vandalizing them brutally. The policemen were forced to retreat and ran for their life. Several policemen were injured in the incident.
Later, force from several police stations arrived at the village to reinforce peace. SP trans-Ganga area of Prayagraj, Dhawal Jaiswal while speaking to HS claimed that the situation is in good control and police is identifying the rioters. Strict action will be taken against those who had indulged in hooliganism.