A bandh called here on Wednesday against the stabbing of a puja pandal decorator turned violent when protesters clashed with the police, who fired in the air to disperse them. No one was hurt in the police action, officials said.

Dhubri Sarvajanik Durga Puja Sammanway Samiti, the coordination committee of 76 puja committees in this town, had called the bandh to protest against the stabbing of Kamal Ghosh by unidentified persons on Tuesday night at the Ghoshpara puja mandap in the IG Road area.

It also announced that no immersion of Durga idols would take place till the culprits were arrested.

Around 2 p.m., a huge crowd gathered in the Harisabha area and prevented the immersion procession from Police Reserve, officials said.

This led to a scuffle between the Samiti supporters and the police. After the stabbing incident, Ghosh was first admitted to a local hospital and referred to the Guwahati Medical College on Wednesday.