Hingot Yudh near Indore leaves one dead, over 30 injured

The traditional `Hingot yudh’ played at Gautampura near Indore on Friday, a day after Diwali festival, has claimed one life, while the condition of two critically injured continues to be critical at M Y hospital in Indore, out of 36 persons who sustained injuries in the incident.

K K Jha|Indore

The traditional `Hingot yudh’ played at Gautampura near Indore on Friday, a day after Diwali festival, has claimed one life, while condition of two critically injured continues to be critical at M Y hospital in Indore, out of 36 persons who sustained injuries in the incident.

As the Sun set in the west and horn was blown, the warriors from both the groups took their positions and started hurling the ‘hingots’ at each other, trying to save themselves from the burning missiles with the help of shields. The scene around the ground where the hingot war was being played, presented a spectacular view with the shooting hingots looking like bright lines in the sky.

During the course of hingot war, some of the hingots got deviated from their path and fell in the spectators’ arena, leaving over 36 persons injured including a police jawan who sustained injuries in his head. While those sustained minor injuries were admitted to Deepalpur and Gautampura hospitals, the critically injured were rushed to M Y hospital Indore where one succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Condition of remaining two continued to remain critical till filing this report.

This was not the first time that people had got injured during the traditional hingot war in Gautampura. Last year also, as many as 165 persons had injured during the `hingot yudh’

However, unperturbed by the injuries to the spectators, the warriors from both the groups after end of the `hingot’ war, embraced and greeted each other for Diwali and Padwa festivals.

The history of traditional `hingot yudh’ in Gautampura dates back to hundreds of years and nobody from today’s generations knows the reasons and origin of the game. The traditional war game involves a fight between warriors of Turra group of Gautampura and Kalgi group of Runji village in which hingots (hollow fruits stuffed with gunpowder, coal and brimstone) are used as burning missiles for attack.

On Friday also, the war started at around 5.30 pm on the Ralayta ground adjacent to Devnarayan temple in Gautampura amidst the presence of over 15000 spectators from Gautampura, Depalpur, Indore, Dhar, Khandwa and Ujjain. However, before the game ended, it left a trail of injuries after the hingot fell on the cheering crowd.

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