Hoodlums face public wrath for daring ritual

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 11:43:44


Staff Reporter,

Law and order arrangements were challenged in a ruckus created by group of miscreants during procession of Mahakali idols of three different committees. Agitated mob pelted stones on police, vandalized Government vehicles, set ablaze several motorcycles and damaged public property at Jhanda Chowk, Gwarighat.

Around 11 policemen and several other persons were injured in the agitation and police have arrested 31 of the 49 identified accused and registered a case against around 400 – 500 unidentified persons. Agitators vandalised two bolero jeeps of police, two mini ‘Vajra’ riot control vehicles, Dial 100 FRV, and nine motorcycles were set ablaze.

Pointing out the gravity of situation Collector, Chhavi Bharadwaj (IAS) and Superintendent of Police, Amit Singh (IPS) reached the spot and used cane charge and fired tear gas to disperse the agitated crowd. The incident took place when the procession of Mahakali idols of Latkari Ka Padav, Kanchghar and Ghamapur were heading towards Gwarighat. Religious committees members tried to immerse the idols at Gwarighat but police team blocked the road and directed them to immerse the idol at ‘Visarjan Kund’ a separate pond especially made for idol immersion to avoid pollution into the river.

Discussions between committee members and police officers turned violent when the driver of idol laden truck bearing registration number MP-20GA-7860 accelerated the truck and tried to hit the policemen and rammed into the crane used for barricading the road. Thereafter, group of miscreants tried to forcefully pass through the barricading and started stone pelting on police. In the mishap, Inspector, Dilip Shrivastava and other policemen sustained injuries. Policemen used light cane charge to disperse the crowd when some miscreants attacked on police and started vandalizing police vehicles and set ablaze several private vehicles. Around eight motorcycles of police, media person and public were set afire while police jeep, riot control vehicle, tiger mobile jeep and Dial 100 First Response Vehicle were vandalized and overturned by the agitators. Miscreants entered the Gwarighat police station and attacked a senior constable Prabhunath Yadav with a sword and vandalised furniture, doors and windows of police station.

Superintendent of Police, Amit Singh, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, informed that Gwarighat police have registered a case against 49 identified persons including Chandra Pandey and around 400 – 500 unidentified persons under sections 307, 353, 332, 294, 506, 147, 148, 149, 435, 336 of the IPC and Sections 3, 4 of Damage to Public Property Act - 1984.Police have arrested total 31 persons while a rigorous search is underway to arrest other accused with the help of video recordings. Additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid further agitation. Following the agitation of miscreants, police took charge and performed idol immersions at Visarjan Kund under police monitoring. Additional SP (South), Dr. Sanjeev Uike informed that police have primarily registered a case several other complaints of individuals and vehicles owners are being registered. Separate police teams are conducting rigorous search for identified and unidentified persons. The situation turned out of control, but residents and visitors of Gwarighat were panicked after the incident and deployment of heavy police force in the area.