Friday, October 10, 2008

Violence mars Dassehra procession in Davangere, Karnataka

Davangere (Karnataka), Oct 9 (PTI) A chaotic situation was witnessed during a Dassehra procession here today as police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd which turned violent after some stone pelting incidents by some miscreants.
The trouble erupted when some miscreants, who were a part of the procession, pelted a stone on a prayer hall. The devotees inside the hall in turn retaliated in the same manner, resulting in a verbal duel, police said.
As the situation went out of control, the police made lathicharge, in which a few persons, including a photo-journalist of a local daily, were injured.
As tension prevailed, all commercial establishments downed their shutters.
Additional police force had been provided in the area and "the situation though tense is under control", they said.
No arrests had been made so far, police said.