Tension prevailed in Kulai on Wednesday during the procession of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi that followed tussle between groups of different communities over a betting issue. The police intervened to prevail upon the procession organisers to cut short the procession and prevent possible disturbance of peace in the area.

According to police, members of Om Shakti Cricket club and Green Stars club had a cricket match two weeks ago in which the Green Stars Club got defeated. The members of the club had agreed that the defeated the team will pay the winning team an amount of Rs. 7,000. Following defeat, the Green Stars Club paid only around Rs. 3,000.

On Monday, members of Om Shakti Club called a few members of the Green Stars Club to a house in Kulai to ask for the remaining amount, the police said. Izaz Ahmed and his friend, who are members of Green Stars club, went to the place. Mr. Ahmed allegedly did not agree to pay the amount and walked out of the house.

As he and his friend were riding down on a motorcycle, Izaz Ahmed, who was riding a pillion, was hit on his head with a cricket stump. While Izaz was taken to a hospital, his friends barged into the house of Anil, a member of Om Shakti Club and created a ruckus, the police said.

Tension prevailed in the area as the Eid-Milad-un-Nabi procession was to pass cross a Bahajan centre where supporters of Om Shakti Club had gathered. The police spoke to procession organisers and convinced them to stop it at a Masjid in Kulai. Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar chaired a peace committee meeting near the Masjid.

The Surathkal police are questioning three persons from each group in connection with the incident.

Booked for wearing army attire

Two years after triggering major controversy over wearing Army uniform during the ‘Nabidina’ rally in the district, the police registered suo-motu cases against 45 persons for taking out rally in the olive green attire on Tuesday.

While the police in Kasaragod registered cases against 20 persons for wearing uniforms or tokens resembling to that of military persons, their counterparts in Kanhangad registered cases against 25 for allegedly “insulting” the military uniforms, police sources here said.

The police have the video footage of the two rallies.

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