BJP and Congress workers clashed in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city on Thursday evening, police said, leaving at least 11 persons injured ahead of the bitterly-contested municipal elections on January 31.
The injured includes both supporters of two candidates — Yogesh Gender of Congress and Shankar Yadav of BJP — who are squaring off in ward number 69.
Sources said that the clashes were triggered by advertisements in a local evening daily that mentioned the BJP’s candidate alleged criminal past.
BJP supporters alleged that the advertisement was published to malign the candidate’s image. They also alleged that Congress supporters distributed anti-BJP pamphlets in different areas.
Police said the clashes took place under Chhatripura police station.
The injured were sent for medical examination by the police. The ward comes under Assembly constituency of BJP MLA Malini Gaud who is also contesting for the mayor’s post.
No case was lodged till news last came in but police sources said that they will register a cross complaint.
Heavy police force has been deployed in the area to prevent further clashes.
Police said the incident took place when some persons alleged to be BJP supporters attacked the Congress candidate’s election office at Jagampura.
The BJP workers allegedly pelted stones at the office of the Congress corporator candidate leaving six partymen injured. Five BJP workers and three others were injured in the fight.
“The situation is under control and we are investigating why the incident took place,” said DIG Gupta.
Congress candidate Yogesh Gender said that he had given a letter to police highlighting the possibility of attack on him. “But police took it lightly,” he said.