77 injured in Hingot war, four admitted to hospital in Indore
Seventy-seven people suffered injuries during the traditional 'Hingot' war at Gautampura town of Indore district on Friday, police said. Gautampura is 60km away from district headquarters.
Police said four among the injured including two with serious eye injuries were admitted to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital, Indore in a critical condition.
Block medical officer Rajesh Shrivastava said all the other injured were given primary treatment at a government hospital and discharged.
"Only four are serious and they are admitted to MY Hospital Indore," said Shrivastava.
The age-old traditional 'Hingot' fight, is fought with fireballs between two groups of 'warriors' a day after Diwali.
The warriors — 'Turra' of Gautampura and 'Kalangi' of Runji village — attack each other with burning hingots, a hollow fruit stuffed with gun powder that resembles a shooting star.
The fruit stuffed with explosive mixture is launched after igniting the fuse made on its end.
A bamboo strip is fitted at its back for better handling and aiming just like an arrow.
District authorities had made elaborate arrangements for organising the 'Hingot' fight in Gautampura town, about 55km from Indore.