20 injured as lawyers, officials clash (Lead)

March 1st, 2011 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Allahabad, March 1 (IANS) At least 20 people, including policemen, were injured here Tuesday when lawyers and district officials clashed and then fought pitched battles with police.Tension gripped Colonelganj area when a verbal duel triggered fighting between hundreds of lawyers and employees of the chief development office, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ram Kumar said.

According to police, a group of lawyers had heated arguments while they visited Vikas Bhawan, situated near the Collectorate.

Both sides stoned each other, set fire to several vehicles and damaged public property, police said.

As police used batons to disperse the two groups, they turned their anger at the police personnel.

“The situation is now under control,” Kumar said. He added that the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and policemen had been deployed in the area.

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