The mining town of Joda in Keonjhar district has been placed under a banning order by the district administration after a gang clash that erupted on Monday left many injured from both factions.
According to reports, a religious group which held an Akhada procession on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday, requested permission to carry religious flags (Jhanda) to a Hanuman temple in Ward -4 of the city. Permission was refused by the police.
However, tensions erupted after police allowed only five people to carry flags at the said temple on Monday. The agitated residents of this religious group demonstrated by organizing a sit-in in front of the temple. Finally, when they started moving towards the Hanuman temple carrying flags, some residents of another group allegedly prevented them from entering the area, stoking tensions between the two groups.
Sensing trouble, the police arrived at the scene and tried to appease them, but failed miserably as both groups became more violent and resorted to throwing rocks and glass bottles, injuring many people. in the process.
After the confrontation, the district authorities reached the place including SP District, Champua Sub Collector, Barbil SDPO and Tehsildar and blockaded Section 144 in the area.