HEAVY STONE pelting was witnessed in the posh Gulmohar Colony area due to a dispute between business partners late on Saturday.
According to Palasia police, about a dozen people led by Mohit Airen and Golu alias Vivek Shrivastav, who were partners of industrialist Madhav Kalra, threw stones at the latter’s house and vehicles.
The incident is seen as a retaliatory step taken in response to the attack on Airen’s office - Jyoti Agrotech at Jaora Compound - two days back and on his manager Shrivastav who was roughed up at his residence in Chandrabhaga on Saturday. Both incidents were reported to the Chhawni police.
The dispute over proprietorship of a fertiliser-manufacturing unit Chetak Agrotech located in Tillore Bujurg turned ugly when both partners started engaging in a show of strength. Their relationship had turned sour from about a year back, but it reached the nadir about three days ago.
Durga Kalra, wife of Madhav Kalra, who was alone with her son at the time of the attack, got a police complaint registered at about 1 am. As per the complaint, assailants attacked her house at about 11.30 pm and pelted stones breaking all the windowpanes, windshield and other parts of their vehicles (a Tata Sumo, a Maruti Alto and two two-wheelers - a Scooty and Pulsar motorcycle).
Heavy stones, bricks and flowerpots picked from the premises were sent flying on the vehicles, badly damaging the car (Alto). The house was locked from inside and the assailants could not scale the walls or get inside. Durga Kalra called her relatives over phone when the assailants left the spot and later went to the police. No neighbour came out to offer help during the entire incident.
The police have registered a case against Airen, Shrivastav and half a dozen unidentified persons under Sections 452, 147, 2/ 506 of the IPC.