In a shocking development in Keonjhar, Odisha several people have been injured in a clash held during Ram Navami Procession. The violent clash has led the police of the district to impose section 144 and ban internet connection temporarily in the city. As per Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, the situation is currently under control. However, to take precautionary measures to prevent further violence, section 144 and a temporary ban on the internet have been put up.
Mohapatra said the situation was brought to control immediately as police lobbed tear gas and resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disburse the gathering. The SP also said that no police personnel was injured in the stone and glass bottle pelting by the groups. The clash erupted when a group that observed the Ram Navami festival on Sunday, sought permission from the administration to carry religious flags to a Hanuman temple in ward 4 of the town. Though police initially allowed five people to participate in the procession, later it withdrew that permission.
When the permission was withdrawn, the people went into an angry rage and went with flags to the Hanuman Temple, where they were stopped by people from the Muslim community. Following this, a violent clash started between the two communities.
Both the groups engaged in stone and glass bottle pelting in front of the police and administrative officials, eyewitnesses said. Police immediately swung into action and resorted to a lathi-charge and imposed prohibitory orders to control the riot. Residents in the locality panicked and remained indoors as several vehicles and house window panes were damaged due to stone-pelting.
Story By- Saayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times
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