Sonia Gandhi's Photo On WhatsApp Triggers Violence, One Killed

17/06/2016 12:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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India’s opposition Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, centre, leads other Congress party lawmakers during a protest in the parliament premises, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Tuesday’s protest followed after the speaker of India's Parliament on Monday barred 25 opposition legislators from its sessions for the rest of the week for causing "grave disorder" after they created noisy scenes. The opposition has been demanding that two leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party resign for allegedly helping a former Indian cricket official facing investigation for financial irregularities. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

JABALPUR -- A 33-year-old man was killed and six others injured in a clash between two groups early Thursday over an objectionable photo of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in a WhatsApp messenger group, police said.

Police said that one Umesh Verma, who was injured in the clash, died later at a hospital here.

According to Congress corporator Jatin Raj's group, the rival group clashed inside the Vijay Nagar Police station where they had gone to lodge a complaint.

However police said they had to call their colleagues from other police stations after the two groups turned violent, but the stabbing took place outside.

Police said Raj had created a group named 'Vijay Nagar Friends' on WhatsApp for people to stay connected in his locality and a Prashant Nayak allegedly posted a photo on WhatsApp, showing Sonia doing the dishes, with a satirical caption saying [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi has reduced Congress President to such a position.

The two groups gathered at Ahimsa Chowk a little after midnight and a heated argument took place between them over Sonia.

Someone tipped off the police, who went to the Chowk and asked the two groups to come to the police station to sort out their differences.

When the two groups reached the police station, an alleged altercation took place between them and Umesh Verma was stabbed, according to Animesh, a member of the Congress corporator group.

Police said the violence took place when the groups were on their way to the police station.

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