Holi Turns Violent

The peace loving Odisha has never witnessed such a violent Holi celebrations though the festival is celebrated since ages.

The Holi which this time came just after the three tire Rural Polls, which has experienced widespread group clashes in the state.
About 100 persons were injured in separate incidents of group clashes today marring Holi celebrations across Odisha.
The group clashes were reported from at least 10 different places across the state. 

Police had to fire tear-gas shells and resort to mild lathicharge to disperse mob following a fierce clash between villagers of Patapur and Bramhani in Baranga on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
At least 5 persons were injured in the clash while the vehicular movement on the Cuttack-Banki route was disrupted for long hours following the incident.
Tension  also mounted after 10 persons were injured in another clash between two localities under Nandankanan police limits. Two motor-cycles were also torched in the incident and police force were deploy to maintain law and order.
In Ganjam, 22 persons were also injured in group clashes during holi celebrations at Lunipada in Bhanjanagar while a car was ransacked and 11 persons were injured in a clash in Dhenkanal.
Similarly, nine people were injured in a clash between two groups over DJ music in Sora. Two injured persons were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.
In most of the cases, the police suspected that most of the group clashes were linked to recently concluded Rural Polls. 

In another incident in Puri district, three persons were injured in Dandamukundapur village in a clash over sprinkling of colours. 

Clashes were also reported from Barang in Cuttack
district, Puruna Katak in Boudh district, Patkura and Amrutamani villages in Kendrapara district, police said.



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