1 killed, 37 injured in MP communal clash
Tuesday, 10 March , 2009, 23:30
Ujjain: One person was killed and 37 people including three police officers were injured in a communal clash in a Madhya Pradesh town on Tuesday, police said.
Indefinite curfew was imposed in Mahidpura sub-district following the clash which erupted after police stopped members of a Muslim group, returning from a religious procession, from going towards the area where Hindus were holding a religious programme, police said.
“The trouble started when a few people returning from Milad-un-Nabi procession, on being stopped from going on a particular road, pelted stones at police,” Inspector General of Police Pawan Jain said.”The police baton-charged and used teargas to control them. They burnt houses of another community,” Jain said.
“The police opened fire to take control of the situation. At least 37 people have been reported injured and one person was killed. The youth succumbed while being rushed to the district hospital. The situation is tense but under control,” Jain said.
Three critically injured people were rushed to Indore.
The injured include sub-divisional officers of police Pradeep Shende and M S Dabar and inspector Upmanyu Saxena. end
Curfew in M.P. town after communal clash
Ujjain (M.P.): One person was killed in firing and 17 others, including six policemen, were injured as members of two communities clashed at Mahidpur in this district on Tuesday. An indefinite curfew has been clamped in the town.
The clash occurred when a religious procession, taken out on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, was returning from the Ram Mandir area of the town, where people were taking part in an ‘Akhand Ramayan Path,’ the police said.
The police said their appeal to the processionists to take a different route went unheeded, leading to the clash. The mob indulged in heavy stone throwing and arson, and the police lobbed teargas shells and fired in the air to contain the violence.
The police also canecharged the rioters. A person was shot dead during the clash, the police said. However, it was not clear whether the person was killed in the firing by the police or someone else.
Nearly two dozen people were arrested, official sources said, adding the situation in the town was tense but under control. An extra police force has been deployed at Mahidpur in view of Holi on Wednesday. — PTI