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BJP, Congress activists clash in Bhopal; six wounded

A clash between supporters of BJP and Cong at two places left 6 people including a Cong candidate, injured.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2003 17:21 IST

Aday ahead of assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, supporters of BJP and Congress clashed at two places here leaving a Congress candidate from Bhopal along with six others, including two police personnel, injured.

Police said the trouble erupted after heated exchanges between supporters of BJP candidate from the Bhopal (south) seat, Umashankar Gupta, and followers of PC Sharma in Ambedkar Nagar area past mid-night.

The two groups indulged in stone throwing causing injuries to over seven persons, including Sharma, who was admitted to Hamidia hospital here with head injuries, they said, adding that two police personnel were also injured.

As tension mounted in the area, police forces rushed to the site and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd and to bring the situation under control, police said adding four persons have so far been arrested in this connection.

The entire area was cordoned off and senior police and administrative officials rushed to the site for taking measures to prevent the situation from deteriorating.

Fresh violence was again reported from Habibganj police station area on Sunday when stones were allegedly thrown on Gupta and his supporters during their door-to-door campaigning in the locality, police said.

No one was, however, injured in the incident, they said.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters Sharma alleged that his BJP rival had hatched a conspiracy to kill him as he was "frustrated because of my popularity".

According to Sharma the trouble started when his vehicle was parked in Ambedkar Nagar area during door-to-door canvassing late on Saturday night and some people started arguing with his driver alleging that liquor bottles were kept in the vehicle for distribution among voters.

Sharma alleged that Gupta along with some BJP workers reached the spot and launched a verbal attack on him and the situation became tense with both groups indulging in stone pelting.

First Published: Nov 30, 2003 16:06 IST