Jamshedpur : Just before hours to go for polling in Ichagarh, around 1 AM in the night, workers of political parties, BJP and JVM clashed in the adjoining area of Seraikela-Kharswan district.
In the conflict, BJP candidate Sadhu Charan Mahto, his body guard SakaldeoMahto and another BJP leader Dharnidha Munda were injured.
The incident first occurred in village Tikkar under jurisdiction of Ichagarh PS. According to the information, BJP candidate Sadhu CharanMatho along with his supporters and party workers were in Tikker village when Jharkhand VikasMorcha (Prajatantrik) candidate and sitting MLA from Ichagarh Assembly constituency Arvind Kumar Singh arrived with his party workers.
On coming face to face, workers of both parties started with war of words which turned into scuffles. After some time the groups drew apart and the BJP workers went to lodge complain with the Chandil police station. But again the JVM group reached there and once again the scene transformed to a battle ground.
According to information there was stone pelting and aerial firing from either group.
After filing charge sheet of the incident Police, arrested JVM candidate Arvind Kumar Singh and fifteen others. Ten Vehicles were also sized from the spot.
“We have arrested Singh and 11 others after receiving a BJP complaint of violence allegedly triggered by JVM activists in the early hours today,” DIG (Kolhan) Md Nehal said.
Nehal said the incident had nothing to do with the polls, which were going on peacefully and uninterrupted.
He said police received information about a clash between 2.00 am and 2.30 am. A report of firing was also received, he added.
“We are investigating the incident while clarifying that the incident is not related to the ensuing poll. Poll was peacefully underway at Ichagarh constituency,” he said.
Arvind Singh told the media at the Chandil police station that this incident was provoked by the BJP workers under direction of ex-Chief Minister Arjun Munda.
He said that he had always done rational politics and he with his four brothers have been made preys. He said that one of his brothers is a handicapped and I have never seen such dirty politics.
In the meantime BJP candidate Sadhu charan Mahto and four others had come to MGM hospital for treatment.