Chhattisgarh: 60 arrested for clash over tribal place of worship


At least 60 people were arrested on Saturday in connection with clashes between the crowd and police during a Gondwana Republic Party (GGP) rally. ChhattisgarhAn official of Kabirdham district said.

21 policemen, including Kabirdham SP the police Lal Umed Singh and Additional Superintendent of Police Manisha Thakur were injured in a clash at Harmo village under Bhormadeo police station limits on Friday, the official said.

He said that apart from this, 17 protesters have also been injured.

“A total of 200 people were detained in connection with Friday’s violence in Harmo village and 160 of them were released after being issued notices,” SP Lal Umed Singh told PTI.

He said that the accused were produced in the local court, from where they were sent to jail on judicial remand.

The official said that a large number of security personnel have been deployed in the village and the situation is under control. According to the police, the clash took place over the hoisting of a flag at a religious place.

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Singh said that the issue pertains to a Gauri-Chaura site in the village where the local tribals were worshiping their deity ‘Buddha Dev’ for the past several years.
Last year, Lingo, also a tribal, had hoisted the flag of his deity ‘Bada Dev’, which was not liked by the local tribal group who follow ‘Buddha Dev’. On February 14, Durge Bhagat of Korba district, head of the tribal community, performed a ceremony at the same place during a function organized by followers of Buddha Dev, after which his flag was hoisted, he said.

On Friday, Lingo held a public meeting in Bhormedeo’s Rajnawagaon, where around 500 GGP workers were present, and then took out a rally to Harmo, 5 km away, and clashed with the police while trying to remove barricades on the route. SP

During the clash, the protesters pelted stones at the police and injured the officers. Police fired teargas shells and lathi-charged the crowd to disperse them.

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