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Clash on street sparks tension

Violence broke out in the Makhania Kuan area of Patna on Monday as two groups of students indulged in stone pelting.

According to sources, the incident occurred at 11am as the groups clashed with each other over some trivial issues. No arrest has been made as the Pirbahore police reached after the students left the spot.

An official at Pirbahore police station said: “Police are investigating the case, which led to violence by the two groups.”

The source said cases would be lodged against unknown persons.

Sources said some students living at different lodges of the area had an altercation with another group of students. Soon, large number of students assembled at the spot exchanging blows with each other. The two groups also indulged in stone pelting. The shopkeepers downed their shutters sensing trouble. On receiving information, the Pirbahore police along with anti-riots vehicle reached the spot.

Navin Kumar, a shopkeeper at Makhania Kuan, said: “We had just opened our shutters when we saw two groups from both sides of roads pelting stones on each other.”

He claimed this was not the first time such an incident took place in Makhania Kuan. Makhania Kuan houses many coaching institutions for engineering, medical, banking and competitive examinations with students from rural background.