A Congress worker was killed and five were injured in a clash between two factions in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district on Thursday over an alleged objectionable caricature of party president Sonia Gandhi.
The incident occurred outside Vijay Nagar police station around 3am. Congress worker Guddu Verma was killed. Three of the injured, including two workers and an advocate, have been hospitalised and are critical, SP Inderjeet Bakalwar said.
A caricature of the Congress president posted on a WhatsApp group, ‘Vijay Nagar Fans Club’, sparked the violence.
The two groups gathered at Ahimsa Chowk and a heated argument took place which soon turned into violent clashes.
Around 3.30am, Congress councillor Jatin Raj’s supporter, Umesh Verma, was allegedly stabbed outside Vijay Nagar police station.
Five others, including advocate Prashant Naik and Raj’s supporters were injured in the violence.
“We used force multiple times to disperse the two groups near the Vijay Nagar police station, but members of both groups returned again to indulge in violence,” Bakalwar said.
Bakalwar said case of assault and rioting has been registered against the Congress councilor Jatin Raj and supporters.
“No arrests, however, have been made yet,” he added.
When contacted, Jabalpur district Congress president Dinesh Yadav confirmed that the man killed in the violence was a Congress worker.