More than 75 persons suffered injuries during the traditional ‘Hingot’ war at Gautampura town of Indore district on Friday, police said.
Depalpur sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) SR Sankhediya said more than 75 persons were injured and many had to be hospitalised. Four among the injured including two with serious eye injuries were admitted to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore.
Block medical officer Rajesh Shrivastava said the other injured were given primary treatment at a government hospital and discharged.
"Only four are serious and they are admitted to the MY Hospital Indore," said Shrivastava.
The age-old traditional 'Hingot' fight, a day after Diwali is fought with fireballs between two groups of 'warriors' in Gautampura town, about 55km from Indore.
The warriors — 'Turra' of Gautampura and 'Kalangi' of Runji village — attack each other with burning hingots — a hollow fruit stuffed with gun powder that resembles a shooting star.
The fruit stuffed with explosive mixture is launched after igniting the fuse made on its end. A bamboo strip is fitted at its back for better handling and aiming just like an arrow.
The Hingot fight on Friday took place despite the district administration's pleas to the villagers to desist from organising the event as it causes serious injuries, which at times are fatal.
The fireball fight was, however, organised with the full support of the local political leaders, police said.
The local administration had issued an appeal a few days back, but villagers did not want to break the 150-year-old tradition, said SDOP Sankhediya
He said some local political leaders had also appealed to the villagers not to break the tradition and organise the fight.
Sankhediya said more than 20,000 spectators from neighboring villages and as far as Indore witnessed the fireball fight.
The SDOP said 250 policemen were deployed at the site of the Hingot fight on security detail.
Two kids seriously injured
A brother-sister duo, both minors, suffered serious burn injuries while they were burning fire crackers at Bhatwada village, under Gautampura tehsil on Thursday, police said.
The injured sibling identified as Ritesh (11) and Sulochana (7) were admitted to the MY Hospital in Indore. According to their family members, Ritesh had picked up a stray cracker from road, which burst and seriously injured them.