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Section 144 in Karnataka's Kerur Following Communal Clashes; 4 Injured

Police have detained 10 people in connection with the incident, according to reports.

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New Delhi: Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code was imposed in Karnataka’s Kerur area after four people were injured following a quarrel between members of two communities on July 6 that escalated into a physical fight.

All four – who received stab wounds – are undergoing treatment and are stable, according to reports.

Large gatherings are banned till Friday, July 8, and schools and colleges will be closed on Thursday, July 7.

The news agency ANI has reported that the Hindu Jagarana Vedike, a Hindutva outfit affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was involved in the clash.

“Police have detained 10 people in connection with the incident and are interrogating them. Soon after the incident, a group of miscreants barged into the market, set fire to carts and vandalised bikes,” the District Collector of Bagalkot, P. Sunilkumar, was quoted as having told ANI.

NDTV has reported that shops and carts belonging to one community was vandalised, without specifying the name of the community.