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Cross complaints filed after communal clash in Surat

Three persons suffered stab wounds and four students of a madrasa were injured in stone-pelting during the violence.

By: Express News Service | Surat |
December 8, 2016 4:06:34 am

Cross complaints have been registered on Wednesday after a communal clash in Paal area of Surat late Tuesday night. Three persons suffered stab wounds and four students of a madrasa were injured in stone-pelting during the violence, which had been sparked following a confrontation between staffers of the madrasa and a family of 35 members.

Two years ago, a similar confrontation had taken place between the Gajjar family and the madrasa students over some reasons and at that time a compromise was reached. Surat police commissioner Satish Sharma had deployed a large number of police personnel at the spot to prevent any untoward incident.

Two police complaints were filed by both the parties with Adajan police station on Wednesday early morning.

The first complaint was filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rioting, quarrel, threat to life and attempt to murder by one Damini, wife of Kirit Gajjar who runs a garage outside his house, opposite to the madrasa on Suthar street.

Damini alleged that the students of madrasa used to flash laser pointers at female members of the family in the night.

According to the complainant, the argument started when she and another family member, Mahesh Gajjar, went to madrasa chief Hafiz Abdul Gafur Shaikh to complain about the alleged mischief by his students.

The family claimed the two were beaten by the madrasa staffers and a few local youths, and in retaliation they thew stones at the madrasa. The other side too pelted stone in reply.

Damini in her complaint named Sheikh, his son Allauddin and a few of local youths residing near the madrasa.

The second complaint was lodged by Shaikh against six persons, including Mahesh and Kirit. He rubbished the allegation against his students and claimed they don’t have laser pointers.

Police commissioner Sharma said, “We have deployed adequate police personnel at the spot and at present the situation is under control. There is nothing to worry. Investigation into the two complaints is on.”


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