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Watch video: Moments when police officials lathi charge Khandwa’s Kanwar Yatra

District administration assures control and accountability amid tense situation after clashes broke out during a Kanwar Yatra.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 11, 2023 11:58 IST
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Khandwa Kanwar Yatra lathi charge
Screengrab of video showing police officials charging on Kanwar Yatra. (Photo Credit: Twitter/vani_mehrotra )

Khandwa: Madhya Pradesh’s peaceful ambiance was disrupted as clashes marred the Kanwar yatra celebrations in the city of Khandwa. Chaos unfolded on Monday as stone pelting triggered a forceful lathi charge by the police to restore order. The religious event, organized by a revered organization, took an unexpected turn, leading to commotion and tense confrontations.

The Kanwar yatra, which had progressed peacefully along the city’s main routes, encountered turmoil as it entered Khandwa’s Kaharwadi area. The situation quickly escalated, resulting in the outbreak of stone pelting, casting a shadow over the previously harmonious festivities.

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Lathi charge and unleashed chaos

In a startling video capturing the incident, the scene painted a vivid picture of chaos. The crowd scattered in disarray as police officers, donned in protective gear, resorted to lathi charge to quell the unrest. The clash between the crowd and law enforcement personnel added an unexpected layer of tension to the Kanwar yatra proceedings.

Vehicles damaged 

As the dust settles, reports emerged of vehicular damage during the clashes. The district collector affirmed swift action against those deemed responsible for instigating the clashes. The aftermath of the confrontation underscores the need to identify and hold accountable those behind the violence.

District administration assures control

Despite the unrest, the district administration assured the public that the situation is now under control. They urged citizens to refrain from embracing or spreading unfounded rumors that could potentially escalate the situation further. The administration’s prompt response and efforts to dispel misinformation are crucial to maintaining peace and order.

Awaiting clarity

As the dust settles and the city regains its composure, the police are meticulously reviewing video footage of the clashes. Their comprehensive analysis aims to shed light on the incident’s sequence of events and provide a clearer understanding of the circumstances that led to the unfortunate clash.

The district administration’s assurance of control and commitment to seeking accountability underscores the importance of maintaining harmony, even in the face of unexpected challenges. As investigations continue, the incident serves as a testament to the need for vigilance and preparedness to ensure the safety and sanctity of such religious gatherings.

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First published on: Aug 08, 2023 11:28 AM IST

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