7 injured as two communities clash

A bitter quarrel over monetary transaction turned violent when two rival communities resorted to firing each other with bullets.

jaipur Updated: Apr 17, 2007 23:29 IST

At least seven persons, including a policeman, were injured on Tuesday when members of two communities fought a pitched battle and resorted to firing following a dispute over money transaction in a village in Bharatpur district.

Tension, was brewing in Indroli village since last night over an altercation between a shopkeeper and his customer from two communities over a money deal.

However, scores of people from both the groups challenged each other this morning on the main road of the village with sharp-edged weapons and firearms, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Meena told the media.

They first pelted stones at each other and then the dominating Gurjar community opened fire at the rival group, he said, adding the Mali community might have also opened fire in retaliation.

Of the injured persons with bullet injuries, five were rushed to the Kama town hospital, while the sixth seriously wounded was shifted to the Bharatpur government hospital, Meena said.

A police Sub-Inspector Khem Chand who was present during the clash, also received bullet wounds, he said.

Extra-force was deployed in the troubled area to maintain law and order, which was now under control, he said.

The Mali community people have lodged an FIR with the police and no one has been arrested so far, the police official said.

First Published: Apr 17, 2007 18:30 IST