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Clash, lathicharge at Bhojshala

Punya Priya Mitra and Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times  Dhar, February 15, 2013
First Published: 14:41 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:24 IST(16/2/2013)

Basant Panchami at the disputed Bhojshala-Kamal Maula premises on Friday was a ticking time bomb that, thankfully, did not explode. But it was not completely peaceful either.

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With 30,000 devotees descending on the premises determined on worshipping Goddess Saraswati and not allowing Muslims to offer Friday namaz, the police had to fire several rounds of tear-gas shells and lathicharge a stone-pelting mob twice in three hours.

As many as 13 people sustained injuries and there were unconfirmed reports about a casualty – which senior police officials denied.

Several official vehicles, an OB van and two motorcycles were damaged.

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