Tension grips Hebbal; irate villagers clash with cops

Clash between two groups led to the incident in K R Nagar taluk

Tension grips Hebbal; irate villagers clash with cops

Tension prevailed for sometime at Hebbal village in K R Nagar taluk, Mysore district on Friday when angry villagers stoned the policemen, at the time of a funeral procession.

Following this, the police caned the aggrieved men and also fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. The last rites was performed later amid heavy police bandobust. As a precautionary measure, the district police have clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC.

The Friday’s incident is the fallout of a group clash that occurred in the village on September 10,  that also claimed the life of a person, besides injuring two others in the melee. The deceased has been identified as Manju (33) of Hebbal.

Prabhakar and Eranna from the same village are the injured persons. Among nine persons booked in the case, police have arrested four accused, who have been identified as Mahesh, Lohit and Ranju, while the name of another is not known.

Clash

According to the police, vegetable vendors in the village had installed Ganesha idol in public. On September 10, two groups among them clashed with each other during the time of orchestra. The police who intervened, had succeeded in quelling the warring groups and had restored normalcy.

However, tension returned to the village as the same groups clashed with each other again on Thursday evening. Manju sustained severe head injuries, while Prabhakar and Eranna suffered minor injuries in the melee.

The three were shifted to a nearby hospital, while Manju was shifted to K R Hospital in Mysore later. However, Manju succumbed to the injuries on Friday.

No sooner the body of Manju was brought to the village, the enraged villagers staged a flash protest demanding the police to arrest the culprits. The villagers also set a defunct name board of a shop on fire in the middle of the road, daring the police to act. On the other hand, the police made repeated pleas to maintain peace, which went unheard. 

When the funeral procession started, commotion prevailed between the villagers and the police that took an ugly turn in no time. A section of the villagers pelted stones at the police and also shops in the vicinity. Some among the policemen were also injured in the process. SP Abhinav Khare, DySP Vikram Amathe, Circle Police Inspector Siddaiah, Tahsildar Shivashankarappa visited the spot.

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