| Cops patrol Mahidas Bazaar in Cuttack after the clash on Saturday. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Oct. 27: Three persons were injured in an incident of stone pelting between two groups of youths at Mahidas Bazaar in Lalbagh police limits here today.
The youths pelted stones at one another in the course of which three persons, including 60-year-old Dhirendra Jee, were injured. Jee suffered severe injuries on the head and is undergoing treatment.
Police sources said the clash between the members of Friends Club and Trinath Club of Dhoba Sahi in Mahidas Bazaar was the fallout of a problem that started between them since Ganesh Puja.
Two platoons of police have also been deployed at the locality keeping in view the palpable tension following the post Dussehra violence at Mahidas Bazaar.
Local residents said that earlier there was a minor clash between the members of the two clubs during the immersion ceremony near the high court on Thursday.
“The youths of Bauri Sahi had earlier attacked some of our youths after the immersion ceremony around 2pm on Thursday. Though we had lodged a police complaint, no action was taken,” said Friends Club secretary Pramod Kumar Jee.
Pramod alleged that over 20 youths of Bauri Sahi today passed lewd comments at some women and youths at Dhoba Sahi. Following this, there was an altercation and the youths began pelting stones at one another.
Sources said the members of Bauri and Dhoba Sahi had been celebrating Durga Puja in a common pandal while Ganesh Puja was being observed in separate pandals every year.
“Some youths from Bauri Sahi had refused to pay donation for the Haraparbati idol and subsequently they were prevented from dancing during the immersion ceremony, which led to skirmishes between the two groups,” said Babuli Das, a committee member.
Das said a meeting was also convened to discuss the clash between the two groups and resolve the matter amicably today.
On the other hand, senior officials of the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police said adequate measures had been taken to maintain peace and steps were being taken to resolve the issue.