The World Cup euphoria has gripped Kerala as fans celebrate the showpiece event but in two separate incidents in Kollam and Pallakad, on Sunday, clashes erupted between fans and police and the latter ended up registering cases against the perpetrators.
A roadshow was taken out by Argentina and Brazil fans in Kollam’s Sakthikulangara and they both ended up engaging in a brawl. A video of the clash surfaced on social media and in the visuals, the fans of both teams are seen fighting. They pelted stones and attacked each other with sticks.
It was reported that some elderly person intervened in the matter and resolved but upon knowing about the scene, Kollam police registered cases at Sakthikulangara Police Station.
News agency ANI in a Tweet said, “Case registered u/s 160 IPC(punishment for committing affray)at Sakthikulangara PS in Kollam in connection with a video where football fans of Argentina & Brazil were seen engaging in a brawl in Sakthikulangara rural during a road show.”
Football Fans Pelt Stones At Police In Pallakad, Booked
A huge procession in Pallakad of football fans on Sunday donning jerseys of various teams got into an argument with the police personnel over the traffic movement being blocked by their celebrations and it led to stones being pelted against the officers and the police responding with a lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
Two policemen were injured in the stone pelting, an officer from Palakkad Town North police station said and added that an FIR was lodged the same day and on Monday 22 persons were arrested in the case.
“They will be produced in court today,” the officer said.
He said there was no permission obtained for carrying out the procession which was using unauthorised sound and speaker systems to play music and that coupled with the large number of fans led to the road being blocked and traffic movement disrupted.
When the procession organisers were asked by police to move away in view of the road being blocked, they got into an argument with the officers and then started pelting stones.
“Two officers were injured. Their health is stable now,” he said.