25 injured in Hazaribagh during Chhath festivities



Hazaribagh: At least 25 people, including 10 policemen, were injured and a police jeep was burnt during overnight clashes between two communities during Chhath festivities at a village near here, police said.

Trouble erupted last evening over alleged pollution of fresh water with drain water which led to brick-batting between the two sides in which at least 12 people were injured, they said.

The situation was controlled by the police but clashes broke out afresh today when the villagers hurled stones at Pelabal police station on the outskirts of the town and injured 10 policemen. Three persons were also injured in stone pelting.

Deputy Commissioner R K Agarwal said the mob also set afire the jeep of deputy superintendent of police Naushad Alam.

The police resorted to baton charge, burst tear gas shells and fired in the air to disperse the mob, they said.

20 people, including a local political party leader Razi Ahmed, were arrested in connection with the incident, Agarwal said, adding a search was launched to nab those involved in the clash.

The situation was under control as police reinforcement, including rapid action force, was deployed in the area and section 144 CrPC clamped, the officer said.

PTI