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Gujarat student clash turns communal, one dead

A number of Muslim residents of Vadavali have fled to neighbouring villages and many have taken shelter at a medical college in the nearby Dharpur village.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 26, 2017 5:47 am
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One person was killed and at least 12 were injured in a clash between two communities at Vadavali village in Gujarat’s Patan district following a scuffle between two students of Class 10 after their Board exams. Sources said the two students were climbing down the stairs in their school after their exams when one of them fell. This led to an argument that turned physical and other students joined in.

According to Additional DGP Tirth Raj, the students alerted villagers and soon, a mob of around 5,000 people attacked the Muslim residents of Vadavali village, ransacked dozens of homes and torched around 20 houses, vehicles and other properties. A 25-year-old, Ibrahim Belim, was killed in the violence and at least five of the injured are said to be critical. Police said they fired more than seven rounds and lobbed dozens of tear gas shells to disperse the mob.

A number of Muslim residents of Vadavali have fled to neighbouring villages and many have taken shelter at a medical college in the nearby Dharpur village.

Director General of Police PP Pandey said though the violence has subsided, three companies of the State Reserve Police will stay deployed in the village to maintain peace.

Vadavali, which has a sizeable Muslim population, is a ‘Samras’ village, a government scheme under which villagers choose their ward members and sarpanch through consensus instead of holding elections. Vadavali has a Muslim sarpanch.

Superintendent of Police of Patan district, Ashwin Chauhan, said, “We are combing the villages to ensure normalcy and are also trying to identify the accused.”

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    Truth
    Jul 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Editor-in-chief of the of Indian Express, Shekhar Gupta is giving a bias report. Muslim friends, check local gujarati newspaper or another media report before believing this. From sandesh TV report, seems to be dispute between two villages. And 5000 ppl and 1 killed? Seems unreasonable.
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      Amit Agarwal
      Mar 26, 2017 at 6:00 am
      Did you do one single report on the Dhulagarh Riots where Hindus were killed? lt;br/gt;I'm not saying this incident is justified. But atleast have the conscience to report both aspects.lt;br/gt;But I'm guessing thats too much expectation from a sold out paper like Indian Express
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        Akbar khan
        Jun 19, 2017 at 10:26 am
        Do u have guts to ask for punishment of Gujarat 2002 riots,maliana massacre.hundreds killed and not a single punishment.do u have the guts.do u.
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        Nqinq
        Mar 27, 2017 at 6:25 am
        This is normal, can't expect anything good under Modi ' s governance
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          Khalid
          Mar 26, 2017 at 6:41 am
          Modi the butcher on the killer stage again !
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            I I
            Mar 26, 2017 at 11:29 am
            Election aaa raha he iski tayyari he or kuch nahi
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