Panic gripped Tajpur Road following firing of bullets over an altercation between two groups around 2.30pm on Wednesday. Seven persons were left injured in the incident. The police took two hours to control the situation following which the injured were rushed to civil hospital.
The firing also prompted the migrant labourers, who live in the area, to protest and block traffic on the road.
Members of both groups alleged that the other was responsible for the incident. The police continued to register statements of both sides till late in the evening. No FIR was registered till the filing of the report.
Soon after the incident, the labourers laid sewage pipes, kept along the roadside, in the middle of the road and blocked the traffic, causing inconvenience to the general public. The blockage was lifted at 4.30 pm when the police forced the labourers to move away.
The incident took place when two local youths parked their car near a dairy in the area and three youths on a motorcycle asked them to move it away. The youths on bike were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and possessed a country-made pistol.
Dairy owner Anil Kumar said his brother Deepak Kumar, along with another person, had parked his car loaded with containers near the dairy to sell milk. “The car is parked at the same place every day and the three youths started arguing with my brother without any reason. The matter was solved thereafter,” said Anil.
He alleged that later more than 15 persons attacked his brother and even pelted their house with stones. “They also fired at us but we were able to save our lives,” alleged Anil. His third brother Sunil Kumar was also beaten up during the attack.
On the other hand, supporters of the youths who were on motorcycle alleged that the owner of the dairy, along with other men, started firing on them after the initial argument were solved. A supporter, Banarsi Das, alleged a group of migrant labourers was sitting near the dairy when Anil came and started firing, which left four persons injured.
Assistant commissioner of police Gurjit Singh said both groups had a major scuffle and even bullets were fired. He said the injured were immediately rushed to civil hospital.
In-charge of Tajpur road police post Harbhajan Singh said the incident took place near Ramesh Dairy at Tajpur road. “Some persons on motorcycle started firing on the other group which retaliated later. A total of seven persons have been injured in the stone pelting that took place after the incident.”