Madhya Pradesh families clash over fake voting; 2 shot dead, one burnt alive
PTC News Desk: Three people were killed and a dozen others were injured in a clash between two families in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district on Saturday, according to police.
One person was burned alive in a car, while the other two were gunned down while fleeing a mob of around 50 people.
According to police, a simmering feud between the two families over playing DJ music during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations two months ago escalated into a violent clash in Shivpuri's Chakrampur village following the state's recently held assembly election.
One of the three victims was a woman. Police have arrested 14 people in connection with the violence, and authorities have razed the houses of five suspected attackers.
Following the outbreak of violence, the police effectively imposed a curfew on the village and mobilised a large contingent of officers to restore peace and stability.
The seeds of the violence were planted months earlier when Yogendra Bhadauria and Veer Singh Kushwaha clashed over the playing of a DJ song during a Ganesh Chaturthi procession. The feud festered, creating a hostile environment between the two families.
The simmering conflict between Yogendra Bhadauria and Veer Singh Kushwaha erupted into open conflict during the recently held state elections, as allegations of tampering with voting machines fueled the two families' hatred.
According to Rajendra Bhadauria, "200 people surrounded their house and set their car on fire" in an attempt to intimidate and suppress those opposed to sham voting.
- With inputs from agencies