50 Held in Clash, Curfew Imposed in MP


Bhopal: A clash took place on between two communities following which authorities imposed curfew in two areas of the city, even as nearly 50 people were arrested in connection with the incident, police said.

Trouble began in Kotwali area when a man was allegedly attacked with weapons by three persons of another community in a market on Friday night, they said.

The incident led to a stampede in the market and triggered rumours that led to the clash and stone-pelting between the two communities.

In the attack, a 25-year-old MBA student, identified as Narendra Rajoria, suffered injuries and died during treatment in Indore, police said.

In view of the tension, curfew was imposed in Kari-Bawdi and Malli Mohalla localities. Also, about 50 people were arrested and around eight petrol bombs seized during searches so far, district Superintendent of Police Shashikant Shukla told.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the troubled areas, he said. Police from neighboring Ujjain district and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel are manning the streets.

The situation in under control, the SP said. Curfew will be relaxed between 1 PM and 3 PM during which people, including women, and children below 15-years of age, will be allowed to move out of their houses, District Collector Ashutosh Awasthi said.