Baleswar, Jan 24:
At least nine persons have been arrested following group clashes in the Mehenter Basti lane (Congress Office gali) of Motiganj area in Baleswar town today, sources said.
A police PCR van has been damaged during the fight between the warring groups.
Reports said Union Minister Srikant Jena had given blankets to some local leaders for distribution among the residents of the locality on Thursday. While some of the residents got blankets others did not, resulting in a clash today.
When the police visited the area to restore peace, the locals attacked them and resorted to stone pelting as a result of which a police van has been damaged.
While at least nine persons have been arrested in this connection so far, tension prevails in the area, reports said.