Communal tension in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, on tuesday night after reports of clashes between two communities came in.
Police fired tear gas shells and lathicharged on two groups of people in Old City area on Tuesday as controversy erupted over claims to a religious structure inside Hamidia Hospital.
The tension was fuelled by rumours on social media since afternoon, said police. Till midnight, Section 144 CrPC or curfew had not been imposed in or around the hospital but there was heavy police presence at Peergate. RAF is likely to remain on site on Wednesday as well, say sources. Officials said the Walled City was largely peaceful around midnight.
A transformer and two vehicles were burnt down in the evening’s violence and six cars damaged. Authorities of Hamidia said patients were being diverted to other hospitals.
Calling for peace, district collector Nishant Warwade said, “There can be no greater place of worship than a hospital. We are confident that law and order will be maintained. Curfew has not been imposed.”
There is also some rumors about archeological material collected form sites of first world war.
They also said that earlier in the evening tension flared near Peer Gate and police had to intervene. Members of Shanti Samati, representatives of different religions, have also appealed for peace.
For the first time in over five decades, Hamidia Hospital turned down patients. “We are coordinating with AIIMS-Bhopal and other government hospitals to refer the cases there,” said Hamidia hospital superintendent Deepak Maravi.