The old city area of Vadodara witnessed a clash between some locals and cops on night patrol close to midnight on Thursday, resulting in police firing one round in the air and several tear gas shells.
According to eye-witnesses, the clash began when cops on night patrol, lead by a Police Inspector of Panigate police station moved in to close down eateries that were still running after 11pm. Locals claim that angry residents reacted after cops began thrashing innocent stall owners in the Panigate and Yakutpura area of Vadodara.
Police have fired one round while several tear gas shells were lobed to dispersed the crowds. A police officer patroling the area said, “The situation is under control. Action will be taken against stall owners who refused to obey orders to shut and got violent with the police, causing damage to property around.
There was no communal tension and the city is peaceful now.”
The old city has witnessed a spate of communal clashes since Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in September.