At least four people, including two police officers, sustained injuries as communal clashes broke out in Jharkhand’s Chaibasa town on Monday late evening.
Police said two youths received bullet injuries in the clash while officer-in-charge of Mufassil police station Digvijay Singh and assistant sub inspector Nagendra Kumar Singh were hit by stones.
To prevent further flare up, West Singhbhum district administration clamped section 144 in the town, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in the area.
Police also detained unspecified number of people on charges of rioting.
Trouble started when two groups of youth from Hindu and Muslim communities had a heated argument over parking of bikes in Gawalapatti area of the town a couple of days ago, sparking tension in the area. The situation, took an ugly turn on Monday evening when a youth from the minority community allegedly hit a biker belonging to the majority community.
Soon people from both communities assembled near Yasoda Talkiz roundabout of the town and started pelting stones. In the melee, a youth opened fire causing injuries to two youths identified as Md Javed and Md Arshad.
The two were rushed to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH).
The situation was brought under control after a large posse of police led by Chaibasa deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Prakash Soi rushed to the site. The police used force to disperse the mob as the latter hurled stone at the policemen.
An FIR was lodged against one Madan Yadav and other unmade people over the incident.
“The situation is now under control. No one will be allowed to spread communal violence. Persons responsible for the violence will be brought to justice,” the DSP said.
Chaibasa sub divisional officer Dipu Kumar said the prohibitory orders will remain in force till Tuesday.