More than 400 people were injured on Tuesday during the annual “Gotmarfair, in which people on either side of the Jaam River in the Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh queue up to pelt each other with stones as part of an age-old tradition.
At the fair, the people of the village of Sawargaon and Pandhurna gather on either side of the Jaam River to pelt stones and prevent the other side from running away with a flag on a tree placed in the middle of the water.
An official said more than 1,000 police officers and a team of 35 doctors were deployed to this annual stone pelt market near the town of Pandhurna in Chhindwara, which also saw the deployment of drones to monitor the situation.
“More than 400 people were injured during the Gotmar fair on Tuesday. Two people with serious injuries have been referred to Nagpur in neighboring Maharashtra for further treatment,” said Dr. G.C. Chourasia, Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO).
District collector Saurabh Kumar Suman claimed the fair had gone peacefully and fewer people had been injured compared to last year, adding that he had urged people to organize such events only in a symbolic way.
“Guidelines regarding COVID-19 were followed as senior officials were on site to monitor the situation,” said Vivek Agrawal, Chief Inspector of Police of Chhindwara (SP).
According to local legend, about 300 years ago, a boy from Pandhurna ran off with a girl from Swargaon and people from the latter threw stones to prevent him from crossing the river with her, while his villagers similarly took revenge to kill the couple. bring. safe at home.