As many as 17 people were booked and a police inspector was transferred on Monday after a clash previous night between two groups belonging to different communities in the communally-sensitive old city area of Vadodara during the ongoing Navratri celebrations and Muharram rituals.
Commissioner of Police E Radhakrishana transferred inspector B M Nakum of City Police Station and also ordered a departmental inquiry against him for allegedly being “complacent” in his duties at the time of Navratri celebrations and Muharram rituals.
What what else is in the news
- Varun Gandhi Under Attack Over Defence Deals: Here’s How
- This Diwali, Let Blind Students Brighten Up your Homes With Candles & Diyas
- CBI Files Supplementary Chargesheet In Sheena Bora Murder Case
- Soha Ali Khan And Vir Das Starrer 31st October Audience Reaction
- Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s Parole Extended Till November 28
- Simple Tips To Secure Your Debit Card From Fraudsters
- New Zealand & India Team Being Welcomed In Chandigarh
- Mumbai Call Centre Scam: All You Need To Know
- Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Appeals To Police: Here’s What She Said
- Shocker From Ahmedabad: Find Out What Happened
- Bigg Boss 10 Day 3 Review: Celebs Fail To Do Well in First Task
- Airtel Offers 10GB Data At Rs 259 For New 4G Smartphone Users
- Aamir Khan Starrer Dangal’s Trailer Launched: First Impressions
- TMC Supporters Attack BJP Leader Babul Supriyo
- Sri Lankan Navy Apprehends 20 Indian Fishermen
According to police, stone pelting ensued after a brick was allegedly hurled at a tazia procession undertaken near Koyali Faliya area of Fatehpura in the walled city. Soon, groups belonging to two different communities attacked each other.
Several teams of police rushed to the site to control the situation. “The incident took place around 10:30pm (Sunday) when a tazia procession was passing close to a Hindu neighbourhood. Locals claim that a miscreant hurled a brick at the procession and the misunderstanding led to a clash. However, due to a prompt police action and heavy rain simultaneously, the crowds dispersed and the situation was brought under control,” a senior official said.
The city police chief said 18 tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse the mobs. “The incident occurred because the tazia procession, which had permission to proceed via Mandvi main road, took interior roads. Loud music was also being played in the procession, which is prohibited in the sensitive area. There was no injury reported to any one as police had arrived in time,” said Radhakrishana.
“We have rounded up 17 people, including the organisers of the tazia, who have been seen and identified in the CCTV footage for being part of the clash,” he said.
Radhakrishana said that police would continue to allow tazias in the area, and a contingency plan for the walled city has been put into action.
“We have three companies of SRPF in that area. One reserve company is available at Mandvi Gate and now, we have also deployed another reserve at Fatehpura chowky. We also found that the City Police inspector — in whose jurisdiction the clash occurred — was complacent and has not taken sufficient action… he was not present at such a sensitive time. We have transferred him immediately and set up an inquiry into his inaction,” he added.