Belgaum: Belgaum’s Khade Bazaar, Chavat Galli, Shetty Galli and other areas were gripped in communal tension late night on Wednesday, as groups from two different communities clashed, throwing stones and torching many vehicles in the process.
The incident was triggered following rumours that a youth from a particular community was beaten up, after seen liaisoning with a girl from another community at the city’s Kelkar Bag locality.
Young men arrived in large numbers throwing stones at passersby and vehicles. Six cars and more than ten bikes were damaged. Miscreants also damaged window panes of many houses in the surrounding localities.
Police rounded up some miscreants but many others managed to run away. As night progressed, many vehicles were reportedly torched, with miscreants even pelting stones at the police.
“Additional police force have been deployed in sensitive areas, and the situation has been taken into control,” said Superintendent of Police Belgaum, Dr. Chandragupta, who rushed to the spot with other senior officers.