An Actual Battle Over Lighting in India


    I don’t have much information about this story, but it was the first actual fight I had ever heard due to lighting.  I am sure there is much more to this than my American culture-shocked brain can conceive – if you know about this, would you please post in the comments?

    A huge fight broke out a week ago in India’s city of Cuttack over one group’s attempt to put up a bunch of light poles for the Id Festival (“the breaking of the fast”).  One group got pretty mad at the other group for whatever reason, and the whole thing turned into a rock-slinging, glass-breaking battle.

    From the Times of India:

    CUTTACK: Cuttack’s Hatipokhari area turned into a battlefield on Sunday morning, when some local groups clashed over putting up light poles for the Id festival. Youths of Hatipokhari and Tinkonia Bagicha areas pelted stones and glass bottles at each other. At least two persons sustained minor injuries.

    After situation became tense, shops in the locality downed their shutters, fearing collateral damage. Police have rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. A police team has been deployed in the area. Trouble started when the group from Hatipokhari were putting up lights poles to which the other group objected as it was reportedly the latter’s locality. Eight youths have been detained, DCP A N Sinha said.

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