A day before the Eid-ul-Zuha celebrations, clashes broke out in the communally sensitive Shahpur area of the city late on Sunday evening where the police officials from the Ahmedabad Crime Branch went to arrest suspect in cow slaughter in Shahibaug firing case a night earlier. The situation turned tense for a few hours where police resorted to shelling tear gas shells to control the violence.
The incident fuelled up at Rangila Chowky near Pattharwali Masjid when a team of crime branch landed in the area for probe. The locals reportedly formed a huge mob and pelted stones at crime branch. Soon, the policemen from Shahpur and neighbouring police stations rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
The Shahpur police said that locals didn’t hear to what policemen had to say and objected to the arrest of the men from the locality. They alleged that the boys were being rounded up on wrong allegations and charges. The cops however claimed that they had gone to Shahpur just to check on the suspect’s role in animal slaughter.
The police shelled 20 tear gas shells from the riot control van and over 20 another from stun grenades to control the stone pelting that went on for more than two hours. Two police vans were torched and several private vehicles parked near the spot were ransacked. A Sub-Inpsector from Shahpur police station was injured in the incident and shifted to VS Hospital for treatment.
Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Shivanand Jha rushed to the spot and spoke to the people of the community in Shahpur. He told the locals there, “There was a misunderstanding due which the stone pelting started. You all should remain patient because violence doesn’t benefit anyone. Take control of your areas and maintain peace. We will let you celebrate your festival properly in full security”.
On night of October 4, a team of crime branch men lead by Inspector Bhavesh Rojiya had fired at a mini tempo allegedly carrying beef near Shahibuag underbridge. The tempo driver and cleaner identified as Salman Khan Pathan of Danilimda and Zakir Pathan of Jamalpur were arrested. The crime branch officials said that the driver tried to run over Inspector’s jeep when he tried to stop him from fleeing, which led to the firing.
The officials added that Inspector Rojiya had fired two rounds at the tempo’s rear wheel and stopped the vehicle for checking. The vehicle was however empty but the crime branch had a complete tip off that the accused are connected with the butchers’ network in the city and were going to bring beef in that tempo. The accused are now in custody of the crime branch.
The crime branch officials had suspicion on Hanif Langda, a known butcher and the leading suspect who is running the illegal animal slaughter in the city. Langda’s aide who is based in Shahpur was under the suspicion radar of the crime branch.
As we write the copy, the Shahpur police are registering a case of rioting to probe the case in details. The Ahmedabad Crime Branch will also aide the city police in investigation.