Violence during a Maharana Pratap Jayanti procession in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur yesterday was premeditated, the local police has said. Two communities had clashed in the city during the procession over the sound of a music system. But the Special Investigating Team has now revealed that the clash might have been part of a conspiracy as the perpetrators had gathered stones for pelting and filled acid in bottles in advance.
According to eye-witnesses, the trouble started on Saturday afternoon when some people started hurling stones on the procession which was passing through the Nai Sadak area. They also torched several vehicles and vandalised an electronic goods store.
"Police resorted to lathicharge and lobbed tear gas shells to control the situation," the Sub Divisional Officer of Police, Kotwali, Padam Singh Baghel told media yesterday. After the violence, prohibitory orders were clamped in the town, he said.
He added that a strict vigil was being maintained in the area.
The situation in the city was peaceful but tense today.