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Panic grips Mohali market after rivals clash

Commotion gripped the busy Phase-VII market on Friday evening after a fight broke out between two rival groups.

Written by Express News Service | Mohali | Published: March 7, 2009 2:43:50 am

Commotion gripped the busy Phase-VII market on Friday evening after a fight broke out between two rival groups. Over two dozen youths,in their early 20s,arrived at the market parking in around six cars and entered into a scuffle,Harpreet Singh,an eyewitness,told the police.

Harpreet,a resident of Chandigarh,who runs a shop in the market,said the groups were carrying swords and other sharp-edged weapons. As a few youths tried to escape from the spot,another,whose face was covered,pulled out a gun and fired at them,Harpreet told the police.

The miscreants fled the spot by the time the police reached,Mataur Station House Officer (SHO) Sub-Inspector Devinder Singh told Newsline.

“Since they left nothing behind,no cause of provocation or loss in the clash has yet been ascertained,” said Mohali DSP (City-I) Gursharan Singh,adding that further investigation was underway to find more details of the incident. Though the miscreants fled the spot,panic prevailed in the market as shoppers were seen moving away. A case under Sections 336,506,148 and 149 of the IPC was lodged on the statement of Harpreet Singh against the unknown assailants,said investigation officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Narinder Singh,who was also checking the records of local hospitals to gather information about victims in the firing and rioting incident,if any,admitted anywhere.

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