Among those injured is a teenager, identified as 16-year-old Roshan Mahawar, who was reportedly dragged for a few metres with the car, reported Hindustan Times. As per Bhopal's Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Irshad Wali, Mahawar was admitted to a nearby hospital and is said to be in critical condition.
A video of the incident was shared by a bystander, which showed the car reversing into the crowd at high speed as pedestrians scrambled to get out of the vehicle's path.
#WATCH Two people were injured after a car rammed into people during Durga idol immersion procession in Bhopal's Bajaria police station area yesterday. Police said the car driver will be nabbed.#MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/rEOBSbrkGW
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While the accused has not been identified yet, DIG Wali told NDTV that the police were piecing together CCTV footage and videos shot by the procession-goers to aid the process.
The other two injured were identified as Chetan Sahu (26) and Surendra Sen (25). The two, along with one on-duty police head constable sustained minor injuries, according to NDTV.
Following the incident, devotees who were a part of the procession raised a ruckus and demanded action against the police for failing to manage traffic in Bajaria, which is a crowded area of the city and is close to the railway station, as per Hindustan Times.
Sahu, who is one of the injured, told them that some police officers present at the scene were trying to manage the procession. He said that the car suddenly hit them and the driver fled immediately after.
"Some action should also be taken against the local police station in charge for failing in giving protection to devotees during the procession," he told Hindustan Times.
(With inputs from NDTV and Hindustan Times.)
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