Curfew was clamped in three police stations areas of Malharganj, Pandrinath and Chhatripura on Monday afternoon in the wake of communal clashes.
There was arson and heavy stone pelting from both sides on the main Jawahar Marg and its adjoining lanes and by-lanes and later at Loharpatti and Jinsi Haat Maidan area.
Police had to fire at least 50 rounds of tear gas shells to control the situation. The tense situation continued for over four hours, forcing the administration, which had imposed Section 144 of CrPc at first, to declare curfew. The situation was tense but under control at the time of filing of report.
A motorcycle and an autorickshaw were set on fire while at least two shops – one belonging to Pakhiza chain of retail stores at Satha Bazaar and one to a 'Rangrez' (who colours clothes) at Narsingh Bazaar crossing was damaged.
There are no reports of major injuries, though a few people received minor injured after being caught in the stone pelting and one person was struck with a sword in the Loharpatti area, following which the police whisked him away in their jeep.
The exact reason behind why the trouble started was still unclear till the filing of this report. But according to information, the trouble one Noor Mohammed, owner of Rangrez shop had an altercation with a scooterist over parking of his vehicle near his shop.
SP Anshuman Yadav told HIndustan Times that the situation was under control and appealed to the people to stay indoors and not pay heed to rumour-mongers. Two companies of SAF have been rushed from Bhopal.