January 18, 2015 3:18:09 am
The toll in the riots that took place in Hansot and Ambheta villages in Bharuch district recently reached three as Rafik Shaikh, who was undergoing treatment in Mahavir hospital, succumbed to injuries late Friday night. The police have imposed prohibitory orders in the entire district till January 27, banning all processions and unlawful assembly.
Communal riots broke out in Ambheta and Hansot on January 14, following a fight over catching a kite. Two men — Pratik Patel (29) and Sandeep Chhana Patel (32) — residents of Hansot village, were stabbed to death in the aftermath of the riots. The shops, furniture godown, agricultural fields and homes were torched by the rioters in Hansot village on January 14 and 15.
Rafik was a tempo driver and is survived by his wife and two children — Faizan (7) and Riyaz (5). His funeral was carried out with donations from villagers. On Saturday morning, Rafik’s body was taken to New Civil hospital for post-mortem and, later, to Hansot for final rites, under heavy police security.
Bharuch police claimed that the situation in Hansot was under control and no untoward incident had been reported so far. The streets wore a deserted look as shops and business establishments were closed. Villagers from both the communities remained indoors. Police continued patrolling in Hansot, and security was also deployed at Sahol village where a house was set on fire and a mosque damaged on Friday.
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