50 hurt in Balasore Chadak fest

Balasore: Nearly 50 persons including 10 police men were injured in a clash in Chandaneswar under Balasore district on Thursday night following a scuffle between the devotees and security personnel. The incident occured during the Chandani Parva, a part of the 13-day Chadaka festival, when the devotees throw sandal paste and mud to other devotees present in the festival.

The festival ground turned into a battle field when the police reacted after some mud allegedly fell on them. The scuffle turned into sharp verbal exchanges between the devotees and the security personnel. They alleged the cops resorted to lathi charge though the organising committee tried to pacify the situation.

The aggrieved devotees pelted stones at the cops and torched a police van. The injured persons have been admitted to nearby hospital.