Business establishments downed shutters at Pandra market on Friday in the wake of a clash between members of two communities at a nearby village on Thursday night.
According to sources, a group of youths belonging to a particular community mounted an attack on a mohalla after an auto-rickshaw driver belonging to the area refused to ferry them. Three to four youths from both sides sustained minor injuries.
“The youths wanted to take the auto to a particular locality from Pandra market but the driver, a local, refused to give them a ride. An altercation followed but some seniors intervened and controlled the situation. The youths left after threatening the auto driver of dire consequences,” an eyewitness said.
Later, in the night, the youths came back and started throwing stones at the residential area where the auto driver stayed. This led to a clash between two communities. “The tension was palpable even in the morning and some local youths came and compelled all shop owners to shut down their establishments in protest against the incident,” a local resident said, requesting anonymity.
Secretary of Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries R.D. Singh confirmed that shops remained shut all of Friday.
“It was due to a clash between two communities,” he said, but pleaded his helplessness to give any detail when prodded further.
Superintendent of police (city) Vipul Shukla said. “There was tension in the area and shops were also closed, but the situation is under control now. As a precautionary measure, forces have been deployed to maintain law and order.”