August 25 violence: Rajkot city police arrest two

The B Division police arrested Alpesh Topiya (33), a resident of Shrinath Park on Kuvadva road and Dinesh Khatrani (30), a resident of Gurudev Park, also on Kuvadva road on Tuesday.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Rajkot | Published:October 14, 2015 8:13 pm

Marking second arrests in connection with the cases filed after violence in the city in August, B Division police picked up two persons on Tuesday and later released them on bail. Police said the duo were part of a mob which allegedly vandalised a bus of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC).

The B Division police arrested Alpesh Topiya (33), a resident of Shrinath Park on Kuvadva road and Dinesh Khatrani (30), a resident of Gurudev Park, also on Kuvadva road on Tuesday. Police said that Topiya was associated with imitation jewellery while Khatrani was associated with silver jewellery.

“The arrests have been made after our investigation revealed that the duo were part of a mob that attacked the bus. Both of them have confessed that they were there when the incident took place,” B Division police inspector SB Pandya said.

These are second arrests in cases filed in connection with violence that the city witnessed on the night of August 25 after police lathicharged people at a rally taken out by Patidar community in Ahmedabad. Violent mobs had vandalised and set on fire public property and city police have filed at least 19 FIRs against mobs. The arrest in connection with these cases was made by Gandhigram police on Monday when they nabbed a man identified as one Kalpesh Maradia.

Pandya further said that a mob had threw stones at GSRTC bus near Ranchhod Ashram and shatttered its glasses. Police had booked a mob under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

“After their arrest and subsequent interrogation, we released then on bail,” Pandya further said adding a police inspector has powers to release accused on bail in such cases.

Incidentally, Rajkot city police commissioner had said last month that arrests will not be made hastily in these case and that evidence will be evaluated by top officers before taking such a step.

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