The town of Nanjangud was calm on Saturday after tension erupted between members of two communities during the Ganesh immersion procession late on Friday night. Prohibitory orders were clamped on the town as a precautionary measure.

The immediate cause of the tension is attributed to allegations of stone-pelting near a place of worship, which, however, was denied by the policemen who participated in the procession. Soon afterwards a crowd gathered near the town police station and sought action against “the guilty.” The police initially appealed for calm and tried to diffuse tension, but in vain. They took 31 people into preventive custody.

SP Abhinav Khare told The Hindu that to prevent further escalation of tension in the town, the police took the assistance of priests from the Muzrai Department and completed the immersion ceremony at Hullali canal by dawn on Saturday. IGP (Southern Range) K. Ramachandra Rao said nearly 500 personnel were deployed at Nanjangud.

The situation will be reviewed on Sunday before the prohibitory orders are lifted, sources said.

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