A group clash in Patna’s Rajendra Nagar erupted on Sunday evening over a trivial issue following police raids in the locality. A group of people from Sahni Mohalla came laced with hockey sticks, iron rods, and other weapons to attack the residents of Rajendra Nagar road no 10, that is right opposite to the Sahni Mohalla.
There were around two dozen people who also open fired, in which a 16-year-old teenager got injured. Victim Santosh Yadav was rushed to a Rajeshwar Hospital in Kankarbagh and his condition is reportedly stable.
Police arrested one Moti Sahni and detained six others after a raid on Monday morning. The search for other accused, Billa Sahni and his nephew Ganga Sahni, who is considered as the mastermind of the clash is on.
According to police sources, the residents witnessed a clash previous to this in the afternoon that took place after an e-rickshaw hit a Wagon R outside a house on Road number 10. The driver of the Wagon R had demanded compensation for the losses, which led to a tussle, and the residents had beaten the e-rickshaw driver for it.
Around 8 pm on Sunday, more than two dozen Sahni Mohallah residents attacked residents of road number 10, pelting houses with stones, damaging parked vehicles and even entering homes and misbehaving with women.
“Residents of Sahni Mohallah and the nearby slums are often involved in anti-social activities, creating law and order problems. Sahni Mohallah residents sell ganja (cannabis) and liquor. The police had been informed several times but they did nothing,” said Sunil Verma, a resident of road number 10.
Another resident, Madhukar Lal, said “When Sahni Mohallah residents attacked us, we informed Kadamkuan police. But they arrived nearly 30 minutes later. Helpless residents had to retaliate in self-defence.
“Sunday afternoon’s incident isn’t the provocation for the attack. They were waiting for a chance to hit back as we had complained to the police,” he added.
“The police are conducting raids to nab Billa and Ganga. They’ve removed all encroachments by Sahni Mohallah residents. CCTV cameras have been installed,” said Deputy superintendent of police Suresh Kumar.