Old City remained tense as fresh violence erupted in Hussainabad late on Thursday night after members of two sects of the minority community clashed and opened indiscriminate fire at each other.
Police said two persons, including a woman, sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to the KGMU’s Trauma Centre. Besides, seven others were injured when police cane-charged a mob indulging in brick-batting.
According to reports, incidents of arson, hooliganism, brick-batting and indiscriminate firing were reported in crowded Hussainabad locality of Thakurganj around 9.30pm. Locals said the situation was tense in the locality since Thursday evening but the situation deteriorated further when some youths entered into an altercation over some religious issue and pelted each other with stones. People belonging to both sects came out of their homes brandishing weapons and fired gunshots in the air.
The troublemakers also targeted passers-by, torched three motorcycles and vandalised a few shops. The situation was controlled when district magistrate Anurag Yadav and SSP J Ravinder Goud reached the spot and ordered cane-charge to disperse the mob.
Police personnel even lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the mob. The SSP said the situation had been brought under control and heavy police force was deployed to avert any further trouble in the area.
Earlier in the day, the situation was normal in the morning but the tension escalated as the day progressed. Incidents of stone pelting were reported from Nakkhas while minor skirmishes were reported from Patanala and Akbari Gate
amidst heavy police deployment.
Apprehending trouble, markets on the Chowk crossing-Bazarkhala stretch also remained closed during the day. Locals tried to bring normalcy in the area through talks at different levels, but their efforts yielded little results, which kept the police force on their toes throughout the day.
A group of street shop owners protested at Akbari Gate, seeking police permission to open their shops. However, some locals opposed opening of the shops and tried to disturb the law and order situation. The two groups also had a scuffle over the issue following which police officials had to intervene. Cops said some mischief mongers were continuously trying to disturb the law and order situation.
Senior police officials, including IG Subash Chandra and DIG Navniet Sekera, camped in the Old City areas turn wise while SSP J Ravinder Goud was stationed there for the entire day.
On Wednesday, the sectarian violence broke out in the area after the 21st Ramzan procession was pelted with stones by some mischievous elements early in the morning. At least 30 people sustained minor injuries in the brick-batting and police cane-charge to chase away troublemakers at different places. Police said the troublemakers vandalised at least 12 makeshift shops on the roadside from Patanala to Bazarkhala police station and damaged around 15 four-wheelers parked there.