Jabalpur: In a bizarre clash that took place between two political groups on Thursday, June 16, a man was killed and six others were injured over an objectionable photo of Congress chief that was forwarded in a WhatsApp messenger group.
As per reports, Congress corporator Jatin Raj had created a WhatsApp group named ‘Vijay Nagar Friends’ for people to stay connected in his locality and a Prashant Nayak, allegedly posted a photo showing Sonia doing the dishes, with a satirical caption saying, ‘PM Modi has reduced Congress President to such a position.’
Thereafter, the two groups gathered at Ahimsa Chowk a little after midnight and a heated argument took place between them over the controversial photo.
The next morning, the Congress group went to the Vijay Nagar Police station to lodge a complaint. The rival group that was also present there hurled verbal abuses and a clash broke out between the two. In view of the worsening conditions, the police had to call for additional help from other police stations. Suddenly the clash turned violent, and a young man Umesh Verma was stabbed by the angry men. The stabbing though took place outside the police station.
Animesh, a member of the Congress corporator group said that, when the two groups reached the police station, an alleged altercation took place between the two groups and during the brawl Umesh Verma was stabbed. The victim later succumbed to his injuries.
However, the police have tried to steer clear of the incident and have said that the violence took place when the groups were on their way to the police station.