Ujjain's Begumbagh area witnessed tension after some miscreants spread rumour on Friday night that anti-socials had hurled a petrol bomb at the religious place of a minority community.
Following this, a large number of agitated citizens pelted stones on the police force that had reached the spot. District collector Kavindra Kiyawat and shahar qazi Khali Khurram were injured in the attack.
Later during investigation, it was found that some local residents had burst crackers in the area and taking advantage of the loud noise, miscreants spread the rumour. Notably, this is the fourth consecutive night when miscreants have been trying to disturb communal harmony in the town.
After Friday's incident, Mahakal police arrested 50 people under different sections. During a search operation, the local police recovered a large number of sharp-edged weapons, lathis and other weapons. The operation was led by senior police officials and more than 100 policemen from 32nd Battalion took part.
According to information, the rumour spread around 10pm on Friday and members of minority community came out on the road and started going towards Begambagh area.
To avert any untoward incident, heavy police force was deployed in the area. Around 2am, a mob started pelting stones on police personnel and anti-riot vehicle after they were stopped from entering the area.
The police fired more than 60 tear gas shells and also resorted to lathi charge to stop the mob. It took around an hour for the police force to control the situation.
Around 5am, the police started a search operation in the nearby areas and recovered a large cache of arms. The cops arrested more than 50 people.
The police stopped vehicular movement from Mahakal square to Harifatak overbridge by barricading the routes. Shops and schools were also closed in the area.
District collector Kavindra Kiyawat said stern action would be taken against those trying to disturb communal harmony in the town.