Eastern part of Burdwan (now Bardhaman), a district in Bengal, resembled on August 22 a scene straight out of a Bollywood fight sequence when two groups clashed over alleged ‘super-imposed’ vulgar images. It’s a deadly cocktail of technology and criminal mind where a group of men led by Bakibullah Sheikh allegedly super-imposed the faces of some local women on pornographic images and then circulated these photos via internet.

As many as 13 such photos are doing the rounds on the web. Though Bakibullah Sheikh has been identified as the one spread the morphed images far and wide, residents of the Dangapur village suspect the involvement of Sheikh Rakibul Sheikh as the mastermind.

On Wednesday, the village turned tense when the suspects and the families and villagers of the victims charged one another. The situation turned violent with both sides using rods and even crude bombs to hit members of the rival groups.

An eyewitness, speaking to MyNation, has confirmed that gunshots were heard during the tussle. Another eye witness suggests the matter was sorted out after all the accused sought pardon in writing in front of the police. But on their way back, the group that was behind the slandering campaign was rounded up and attacked with crude bombs. Many of them are admitted to hospitals right now.

So far, as many as 29 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.