Shillong: A few days after clashes erupted over the appointment of a priest in the 500-year-old Nartiang temple in West Jaintia Hills district, the Meghalaya High Court has ordered the arrest of the village headman along with the priest for inciting violence.
During a hearing on October 16, the single bench of the high court also ordered the West Jaintia Hills administration to ensure smooth conduct of festivities during Durga Puja in the temple.
In the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, clashes erupted over an argument over the appointment of a priest at the nearly 500-year-old Nartiang Durga temple in West Jaintia Hills district. The scuffle left over 40 injured including policemen. ASP P Syiem, who tried to intervene into the matter, was also hurt and was rushed to the Jowai Civil Hospital, as per reports.
The scuffle reportedly broke out when police forces tried to intervene into the matter over conducting of puja rituals in the temple. The devotees were allegedly lathi-charged by the police, after which the villagers resorted to pelting stones and burning firewood.