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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    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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      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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            islamForFoools
            Mar 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm
            I see so many Landa people commenting here, but when Islamic terrorist attack happens, you won't see a single musselman coming out of their ghettos and commenting, all hide conveniently and smallest thing happens when Hindus give reply to their violence, all Muslims throng like vultures in media commenting section.
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              Anonymous
              Apr 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm
              True.
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              IslamForFoools
              Mar 26, 2017 at 2:42 am
              Isis terrorist of kuran terrorist manual spotted here
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                IslamForFoools
                Mar 26, 2017 at 2:23 am
                Never believe media never, they will always malign Hindus and glorify Islam
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                  Satendra kumar
                  Mar 26, 2017 at 2:28 am
                  This hooligoons and troublers should be arrested and brought to the jurisdiction of the country.The act of violence and criminal behaviours are unwanted in today's mordern societies.
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                    P.S. Ghosh
                    Mar 26, 2017 at 6:56 am
                    Stone the rogue muslims wherever you see them. Kill their family members in open road. Burn the rogue Muslim house. Make India Muslim free.
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                      Anonymous
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm
                      True.
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                      P.S. Ghosh
                      Mar 26, 2017 at 6:42 am
                      There is no place for muslims chor luchakke in civilised Hindustan. They've only two placelt;br/gt;to hide, either in stan or in Kabrastan. Their very existence is khatra for Hindus as they produce babies very fast.
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                        P.S. Ghosh
                        Mar 26, 2017 at 6:07 am
                        Vadavali muslims are rogues by nature. They indulge in stealing diesel from trucks on the highway. Also theyre drug traffickers. These kind villages and villagers should be annihilated.
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                          Mohammed Arif
                          Mar 26, 2017 at 6:25 am
                          whatever you mentioned about that community of that particular place, even if what you say is true then it is the duty or law enforcement agency and not some goons the slaughter innocent people or like you said should be annihilated.... Gujarat or any place in India belong to every Indian and they have the right to be where ever they like to be...after all Gujarat belongs to India hence belong to every Indian...kisi eak ke baap ka nahin hai
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                            Sambit Patra
                            Mar 26, 2017 at 4:02 am
                            Not 5000, i saw 5 lakhs attacjked and one guy got killed..what a news...
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                              Indian
                              Mar 26, 2017 at 11:51 am
                              We almost reached there... soon we will see the board ' welcome to stone age'. Common grow up. Don't be prey of illiterate politicians. We got lots to do... plant trees... fight on water scarcity.. alternative energy... w planet need us...
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                                KK
                                Mar 26, 2017 at 4:30 am
                                sign of election can come anytime as modi announced ..
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                                  Anonymous
                                  Mar 26, 2017 at 1:38 am
                                  This is Gujarat model of development, suppress the voice of weak and marginalized. Shame on RSS and Brahmin forces who are polluting the minds of children and students.
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                                    Masood Ali
                                    Mar 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm
                                    Possibility of ISIS sympathaizers may increase and consequently ....... God! Knows!
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                                      Aditya
                                      Mar 26, 2017 at 3:21 am
                                      When Muslims attack Hindus in Bengal does Indian Express write that Hindus were attacked by Muslim's.
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                                        Ahmed MK
                                        Mar 26, 2017 at 3:26 am
                                        Bengal faces several riots by hindutva goons under disguise of majorterian democracy and nationalism amd preserving hindutva culture
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                                          Ahmed MK
                                          Mar 26, 2017 at 3:21 am
                                          Hindutva state terrorism is widespread in India where Muslims has been slaughtered under disguise of majorterian democracy and nationalism.
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                                            Ahmed MK
                                            Mar 26, 2017 at 3:23 am
                                            Hindutva state terrorism is widespread in India where Muslims has been slaughtered under disguise of majorterian democracy and nationalism..
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