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Cops hurt in stone pelting

Vandalism at a temple triggered a clash between two groups in Katras on Thursday, prompting Dhanbad administration to impose prohibitory orders after two policemen were injured.

A large contingent of police was deployed at Shyamdih in the Katras area, around 25km from the district headquarters, as a precautionary measure.

Tension gripped the area when local residents discovered around 7am that some of the idols at a Shiva temple had been broken. As news spread, hundreds of people from neighbouring Tanda assembled at Bhagat Singh Chowk.

Another group of some 100 agitators demonstrated at Shyamdih Chowk.

Dhanbad DC Prashant Kumar, SP Hemant Toppo and SDO Abhishek Srivastava rushed to spot. By then the two groups had started hurling stones at each other, injuring Katras OC Alok Kumar Singh and ASI Shailendra Singh of Barora police station.

The mob also broke windshields and windows of two buses and tried to set them on fire. But, the police managed to avert a further flare-up.

Kumar convened a meeting of local elders to broker a truce. Appealing to everyone to help restore peace, the DC promised to arrest the trouble-makers at the earliest.

“The situation is under control now,” he said.