A video of violence is doing round on the internet where two groups can be seen fighting each other and attacking a vehicle during the immersion of the Durga idol. Reports said that the incident happened at Sadar Bazar of Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur on Friday.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Rajendra Jaiswal, said that a scuffle broke out between members of two Durga puja committees over which party would go for immersion first. Suspects were in police custody and interrogation was going on. Strict actions would be taken against the accused.
In a similar incident, a clash broke out between two groups in Odisha’s Cuttack on Thursday. Both sides threw stones at each other.
A senior police official said that both organisers had been involved in the conflict in past. An additional police force was sent to avoid any untoward situation.
In another incident of violence during the immersion of the Durga idol, a 33-year-old man was killed in West Bengal’s Nadia district. The incident happened in Arbetai village on Wednesday over the playing of songs at the Puja pandal. Police said that Sukumar Santra was injured in the clash and declared dead at the Bethuadahari Rural Hospital.
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has condemned the violence and demanded strict actions against the accused.
Chhatisgarh was also in news for an effigy of Ravana. Show-cause notices were issued to four officials of the Chhattisgarh government after all ten heads of the effigy of Ravana remained unburnt during the Dussehra celebrations at Ramlila Maidan in Dhamtari on October 5. An employee of the Dhamtari civic body has been suspended in this matter.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was seen participating in several games after the inauguration of the Chhatisgarh Olympics in Raipur.