In Dharamsala, Dozens of people were injured in a clash between local villagers and students of Dr Rajendar Prasad Medical College, Tanda in Kangra, yesterday evening. Public property was also destroyed during the clash. At around 4.00 pm, an intern of the medical college had entered into heated arguments with a local shopkeeper, allegedly over teasing a college girl, which later took an ugly turn. Eyewitnesses said that as the intern and shopkeeper started abusing each other over the issue, shopkeepers in the market started gathering, shutting down their shops.
They also got support from villagers later. On the other side, a group of students also gathered to counter the locals. This triggered stone pelting from both sides in which glasses of the main gate of the college were smashed, even as people from both sides received injuries. Later, college authorities closed the main door after which the villagers started raising slogans against medical college, demanding the closure of college and jammed the roads. Police were informed, but they reached two hours late at around 6pm, which kept the atmosphere tense. They called the college authorities for a compromise and sorted out the matter. Officials said that about dozens of people received injuries, who have been admitted in the hospital. No case has been registered against anyone. Both the groups blamed each other for hooliganism in the area.
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