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Group clash prompts Sec. 144

Ranchi district administration on Friday morning issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) at Darji Mohalla in Pithoria police station area on the outskirts of the capital, following a group clash over a petty issue of collecting water from a hand pump on Thursday night.

A villager informed The Telegraph that police were chasing away people moving around or standing on the road in a group of five or more. As a result, the area witnessed a total shutdown with all business establishments and educational institutes in the locality remaining closed and residents preferring to stay confined within their houses.

ADM (law and order) Birendra Kumar said that had the administration delayed in imposing the prohibitory section, a major law and order crisis could have resulted.

“A situation of communal clash had developed after a dispute over collecting water from a hand pump on a school premise. Armed with traditional weapons, people divided in two groups had started assembling on the roads since Thursday night,” Kumar said.

Trouble started around 8.30pm after two groups of youths fought over who would collect water first at Government Middle School.

“Brothers Nishant and Bittu fought with Imtiyaz, Asif and Tauhid. The trio assaulted the duo, who left the spot, only to come back with their family members who in turn thrashed the three boys,” a local resident, not willing to be named, said.

As the news spread in the locality, people from both sides started pelting stones on each other till the police arrived.