As they try to stop people from pulling down gate to Karbala

Ten policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police and two Station House Officers, were injured and some private vehicles were damaged in Jor Bagh here on Sunday in a clash between the police and a group of people who allegedly tried to pull down a gate to the Karbala, the Shiite burial ground in B.K. Dutt Colony.

Tear gassed

The police lobbed a few tear gas shells and resorted to mild force to bring the situation under control. No civilians were reported to be injured.

The clash broke out around 6 p.m. when the police personnel present at Karbala tried to stop a group of people from allegedly pushing down an old gate to the burial ground. “The members of Shia Muslim community were slated to reach Karbala in the form of Tazia procession in the evening and the police were already deployed in the area. But a group of people reached the spot before the procession and tried to push down an old gate to the Karbala. As there is a long-standing dispute between the locals and Anjuman-E-Haideri over Karbala issue, the police tried to dissuade them from pushing down the gate. At this those people started pelting stones. The police were then forced to lob a few tear gas shells to bring the situation under control,” said a senior police officer.

Ten policemen were injured and some vehicles parked in the vicinity were damaged in the stone-pelting incident. A Station House Officer was seriously injured and received several stitches in the head.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Amulya Kumar Patnaik, who along with several senior officers visited the spot, said: “No case has been registered in this connection so far and no arrests made. We are keeping a watch on the situation which is under control at this point in time.”

A large number of police personnel were deployed in the locality to maintain law and order.