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Two persons killed in group clash in Mandya

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MANDYA: Two persons were killed and 30 injured in a group clash at M. Hatna village in Mandya taluk on Saturday night raising the spectre of a caste conflict. Enmity between members of the upper castes and Dalits is said to have caused the clash. Police sources said Naga was assaulted by Kariya following which the latter was shifted to a primary health centre near Basaralu in Mandya taluk. Naga died of his injuries there. As news of his death spread in the village, members of the upper castes gathered in large numbers and targeted members of the Dalit community. Kariya was done to death in retaliation by members of the upper castes, police said. Senior police officials including Mandya Superintendent of Police K.V. Sridhar rushed to the spot and are camping in the village. Tension is running high as hundreds of people of both the communities have gathered. Additional police forces have being rushed to the village to prevent an escalation of violence.

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