Even as the winter session is in progress at the Suvarana Soudha, communal riot sparked off between two groups in the City on Wednesday night. Mob set fire to 2 two-wheelers and stoned 5 cars and 6 two-wheelers totally damaging them, reported Kannada Prabha. Assistant commissioner of Police (ACP) Shankar Marihal suffered injuries in the riot.

Police had to resort to bursting tear gas to disperse the mob. Tension prevailed in the City and police deputed additional security. The cause of the riot is still not known.

At around 9.30 PM trouble broke out in Khadak Gulli between two communities. News spread at lightning speed and groups of 40 to 50 started pelting stones at Durbar Gulli, Khanjar Gulli and Jalagar Gulli. At Khadak Gulli 2 two-wheelers were set on fire. 

The police van arrived immediately and the mob pelted stones at the police also. Police called more force and started lathi charge. When that was not successful in bringing the mob under control, police burst tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

This is the third time in last one week that communal riots have broken out in Belagavi. During Rajotsava and Tipu Jayanti also stones were pelted. The public are in tension.