Group clash in Joda: Internet services shut in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: The internet services have been suspended in Keonjhar district following the group clash that erupted in Joda area a day after Ram Navami.

Reportedly, the internet services have been shut in the district since 12 am last night.

Earlier on Monday, many people were injured in the clash due to which the district administration clamped section 144 in the area. As many as eight platoons of police force have also been deployed in the area to control the law and order situation.

It is pertinent to mention that Keonjhar SP, Champua Sub-Collector, Barbil SDPO, as well as the Tehsildar visited the area to take stock of the situation and held a meeting with both the groups.

Notably, the Akhada procession was conducted in Joda on the occasion of Ram Navami. During this, some people of a certain community wanted to march up to the Lord Shiva temple in a flag procession to which the police did not grant permission. Later, the police suggested that only 5 persons would be allowed to go along with the flags.

Following this, the agitated people blocked the road near the Hanuman temple and opposed them.

The police tried to convince both the groups and tried to take control of the situation. However, both the groups soon got engaged in pelting stones, and throwing glass bottles. They also ransacked some cabins.

The police resorted to blank fire to take control of the situation and also resorted to lathi charge to disperse the agitated mob.

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