Vadodara: At least 5 policemen injured following communal clashes in old city

The clash occurred after stones were allegedly hurled at a wedding procession that was passing through the sensitive Fatehpura area around 12.30 am.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: December 8, 2016 9:14 am
Vadodara, Vadodara clash, Vadodara news, Vadodara communal clash. Vadodara old city, Vadodara city, Vadodara Fatehpura clash, India news A car set afire by the mob in old city area of Vadodara. (Express Photo)

A late night communal clash broke out in the old city area of Vadodara between two groups of different communities after midnight on Thursday. The area witnessed heavy stone pelting and the mob set afire a private car and a two wheeler. Police lobbed at least 20 tear gas shells to disperse the mob after a desi bomb was hurled at a police vehicle.

According to police, the clash occurred after stones were allegedly hurled at a wedding procession that was passing through the sensitive Fatehpura area around 12.30 am. The situation escalated soon as members belonging to both communities gathered in a heated discussion and miscreants pelted stones at each other. The violence spread into the narrow by-lanes of the old city area that are divided on communal lines.

Police teams rushed to the spot and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Soon after, a desi bomb was hurled at the vehicle carrying the Deputy Commissioner of Police. Fire tenders reached the spot after the mob set on fire a private car and a two wheeler, At least five police personnel sustained minor injuries in the process.

Joint Commissioner of Police DJ Patel said, “About five officers have suffered minor injuries. We do not have reports of injuries from the mob but it is likely that some may have been injured during the tear gas firing. We have gathered that prima facie the trigger for the clash was an argument between a wedding party and locals. We are probing the matter and will soon get to the miscreants.”

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