|Jata Baba Kutir Mandir in Shastrinagar, Kadma, where the clash took place on Sunday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A clash triggered by a dispute over soil left four injured at Block No. 2 of Shastrinagar in Kadma police station area on Sunday morning.
Two of the injured Rajkumar Singh and Deepak Rao sustained head injuries. They have been admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital. The other two Sanjay Prasad and Brajesh Singh were, however, released after first-aid.
Trouble started brewing around 8am when a couple of men from a nearby slum tried to take away soil dumped to repair a road in front of Jata Baba Kutir Mandir in the locality.
As one of us opposed this, the men, who came on a three-wheeler, said they would take the soil by force. Asked why, the men added they also wanted to repair a damaged road, said Rao from his hospital bed.
According to one of the victims, the men at first went away only to return with a bigger gang armed with iron rods and hockey sticks.
On getting resistance from us, about a dozen men started attacking us. Then, the group fled, another victim added.
Those whom Rao accused included Mohammed Wazir, Mohammed Ashif, Mohammed Saddam, Mohammed Manwar and seven others. The attackers also threatened the four victims with dire consequences, he added.
Officer-in-charge of Kadma police station Raju Thakur confirmed the clash, adding that no formal complaint has been made and thus no one has been arrested yet.
Two groups clashed near Jata Baba Kutir temple today. We are keeping an eye on them, but none of the attackers has been arrested, Thakur said.
The police have also raided the homes of those accused.
Local sources, however, said the attackers fled to the their respective homes, apprehending arrest.