The police and a section of residents of Dalanghata under the Diamond Harbour police station in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district clashed on Wednesday.

The clash occurred when the police tried to disperse people blocking a road in protest against a row between two groups over the rath yatra celebrations late on Tuesday.

Two police jeeps were set on fire and some private buses damaged by the mob. Some policemen, including the officer-in-charge of the Diamond Harbour police station, received minor injuries.

According to Siddh Nath Gupta, Special Inspector-General of Police of the Presidency Range, some people were injured when the two groups clashed over the Rath Yatra celebrations.

“The residents had put up a blockade on National Highway 117 in protest against yesterday's clashes resulting in long traffic snarls. When a police team reached the place to lift the blockade, it came under attack from the local people who hurled crude bombs and pelted stones at the police.

“The police had to resort to baton charge and fired tear-gas shells in the air to disperse the mob,” Mr. Gupta told The Hindu.

While seven rounds of bullets were also reportedly fired by the police at the mob, Mr. Gupta said that he did not have any knowledge about it.

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