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Tension as minor dispute snowballs

A MINOR dispute between two persons in the Chhatripura area escalated when men, said to be supporters of a local BJP MLA, got involved in the fracas.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 17:38 IST

A MINOR dispute between two persons in the Chhatripura area escalated when men, said to be supporters of a local BJP MLA, got involved in the fracas.

Two shops of the area were damaged and there was tension in the area for a few hours. Police have registered cases against two persons who were cause of the trouble.

The incident took place at around noon near Trilokchand Higher Secondary School. According to eyewitnesses, it all began when Babu, a shopkeeper of the area selling ‘gajak’ started pushing an autorickshaw that it was standing near his shop. Inadvertently the vehicle hit Vaibhav Puranik, who was standing near his parked motorcycle.

Vaibhav sustained a minor injury on his foot as one of the tyres of the autorickshaw ran over his foot. He then hand an altercation with Babu.

Babu was supported by some of the shopkeepers of the area and there was a minor scuffle after which Vaibhav left the area warning them of dire consequences. He returned with a large number of people said to be supporters of the MLA and they allegedly damaged two of the shops of the area – one owned by Vidyadhar Devidas Arya and also Mahashay Namkin Chura Bhandar. The shopkeepers also damaged a Maruti car on which was written ‘Vidhayak’ – (MLA).

There was stone pelting from both sides and as the shops were being damaged there was tension in the area and other shopkeepers started downing their shutters in panic. People started running for safety unsure of what had happened and why people were throwing stones. When the police first received information, they feared that a communal incident had taken place and heavy police force was called to tackle the situation. Area CSP Dhananjay Shah, Additional SP (West) Dharmendra Chaudhary and Chhatripura TI C K Bhamre reached the spot to control the situation.

Soon both sides reached the police station and there were heated arguments and debates for hours, after which a compromise was arrived at and no one lodged a complaint.

When contacted, CSP Dhananjay Shah said that no one came forward to complain, so he could not say whether any MLA’s supporters were involved in the incident. However, since an incident of such a magnitude had taken place, the police could hardly ignore it. The TI lodged a complaint against both Vaibhav and Babu and 50 to 60 others, who are unidentified, under Sections 147, 149, 336 and 427 of IPC.