According to police sources, it all started last evening after a conductor was assaulted by locals at Them Mawlong area of the city allegedly after altercation with locals.
However, things turned dramatic when the conductor's co-workers returned to the spot a few hours later to avenge the beating. One thing led to another and soon there was a full-blown clash between groups armed with rods, daggers and other sharp weapons. The mob, comprising residents and state transport staff, kept growing, courtesy social media. They threw stones, petrol bombs and whatever they could lay their hands on. Several people were injured and a few vehicles were damaged.
The police had to fire in the air and use tear gas to disperse the mob. Later in the evening, the situation again flared up in Motphran when a mob attempted to march towards Them Aew Mawlong area but was prevented by the cops.
Three persons have so far been arrested for the violence. As the incident could have led to communal tension between tribal and non-tribal population, an indefinite curfew has been imposed, police said.
The situation in under control, an officer added.
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