Curfew was imposed in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas after a youngster who was injured in clash between two communities died on Saturday, police said.
Narendra Rajoria, 24, a resident of Dewas and a MBA student was injured at Mukti Marg in Kharibawadi on Friday night, died at a hospital in Indore, said Shashikant Shukla, superintendent of police, Dewas.
A clash erupted among two groups in Shurkravariya Haat in the town at 7 pm over an old dispute and soon rumours spread to other neighbourhoods of the town, he said. Rumours reached the Kharibawadi neighbourhood, about half a km from the market, where members of the Hindu and the Muslim communities started pelting stones at each other, residents said. Stone pelting continued for more than an hour until police reached the spot and brought the situation under control, said Naib Qazi of Dewas Abul Kalam , who lives in neighbourhood.
“When I reached the neighbourhood, I found people were pelting stones at each other…I first called the city superintendent of police, then the additional district magistrate and finally the collector and told them to send police force as the situation was getting worse,” he said.
Police recovered an injured Rajoria outside the Kharibawadi neighbourhood where he had gone to a friend after attending a marriage party, police said.
“More than 50 people from the two communities have been arrested from Kharibawadi and Mali Mohalla and eight handmade bombs were recovered from a Mosque in Kharibawadi. Police also recovered stones stored on the roof of some houses,” said Shukla.
Senior officials, including superintendent of police and collector, are camping in the area and additional police force has been deployed, said Rakesh Gupta, deputy inspector general of police (Ujjain), who visited the area in the evening.
Prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in Kharibawadi from Friday night, he said. “The situation is under control and all possible attempts will be taken to maintain peace and communal harmony in the city.”