Balasore: Three youths were injured after two groups clashed in Nilagiri of Balasore district on Saturday. Preliminary investigation by police reveals that the clash occurred due to some dispute over love affair involving two youths of the either group.

According to sources the members of either side had entered into an altercation at Nilagiri road near Sheragada police limits. Later, another clash reportedly broke out between them near Ambudiha Chhak under Khantapada police limits.

Police said the groups attacked each other with knives. Three persons, who were injured in the incident, were subsequently rushed to Nilagiri hospital. One of them had to be shifted to Balasore hospital after his condition deteriorated.

“Three persons came and started abusing us. Later they attacked us with knives when we were returning home,” said Tapan Patra, an injured.

Meanwhile, police detained two persons who are being interrogated in connection with the incident.

“After an interrogation of the detained youths, it is understood that two youths of either group were in love with the same girl. The incident was the fallout of the ongoing rivalry between them,” said Abhimanyu Das, ASI of Sheragada Beat House.