MP town on edge after 2 groups clash over burial

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Sha­japur (MP), Sept. 16: Com­mu­nal ten­sion pre­vailed in Mahupura area of the town on Satur­day after mem­bers of two com­mu­ni­ties clashed with each other over a mi­nor is­sue, prompt­ing the po­lice to fire tear­gas shells and clamp pro­hibitory or­ders.

The provo­ca­tion was the burial of a per­son in the grave­yard in the area, which is lo­cated close to a tem­ple, a dis­trict of­fi­cial said.

“Both the grave­yard and the tem­ple are sit­u­ated next to each other and the mem­bers of the two com­mu­ni­ties clashed over a petty is­sue re­lated to al­leged en­croach­ment,” he said.

As the mem­bers of the two com­mu­ni­ties pelted each other with stones, the po­lice fired tear­gas shells and cane-charged them to quell the ten­sion.

Some peo­ple are re­port­edly in­jured in the stone-pelt­ing, but their ex­act num­ber can­not be known im­me­di­ately. “Dis­trict col­lec­tor Alka Shri­vas­tava and SP Shailen­dra Singh Chauhan rushed to the site and clamped Section 144 of CrPC in the en­tire town to pre­vent flareup,” the of­fi­cial said, adding that ad­di­tional force has been de­ployed in the area.

Mean­while, the col­lec­tor said the sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol now. “As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, shop­keep­ers have been asked to down the shut­ters. We have re­ceived re­ports that some peo­ple were in­jured in stone­pelt­ing,” she said.

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