PUNE: Clashes resulted between two groups soon after stones were pelted at a mosque at Parvati junction here on Tuesday night, a media report said. The police had to resort to lathicharge in order to disperse the groups indulged in protest that injured at least six people, it added.

According to the eyewitnesses’ information shared with the police, the incident took place last night when around five people threw stones at the mosque as a big number of people had gathered to offer prayers.

The problem escalated soon after the incident and the attack was further countered by another group which was then taken to streets.

More than thousand people from both the groups started pelting stones at each other and damaged numerous vehicles crossing the area.

“We managed to disperse the two groups. Sufficient policemen have been deployed in the area,” Police Commissioner KK Pathak was quoted in the report adding that the law and order situation in the region was under control. 

“We have registered offences of rioting and damage to property, among others. There is no need to impose curfew in the area,” he added.

According to another police official, the situation was stressed until late in the night and more than 800 police people were arranged in the area to turn aside any rise of violence. While all roads leading to the vicinity were barricaded, riot control vehicles were sent to the area.  

In order to control the situation, a big group of police including senior officers and personnel from Dattawadi and adjoining police stations, control room and the head quarters were immediately rushed to the spot.

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