Akota area of Vadodara witnessed communal tension on Sunday morning as the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi procession passed through the area. Three persons, including two women, were injured in the clash between two communities that was brought under control by the police. The police also fired tear gas shells to disperse crowds.
According to the police, the clash began when a local signage belonging to another community was damaged during a procession organised by the local minority community members in Akota.
An officer said that Sunday being Eid-e-Milad, the local minority community organised processions through various areas of the city. And as the Akota procession arrived in the Rampura area, the officer added, a board of a local group was somehow damaged, that led to anger the members of the group who came out to confront the procession.
This resulted in stone pelting and chaos, but the police presence for the procession ensured that the situation was brought under control immediately, he said.
According to the police officials, as many as six tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse the crowd. The three injured persons were rushed to the hospital.
Vadodara Commissioner of Police E Radhakrishana said, “We are examining the provocation. The officers have been instructed to take immediate steps to control any conflict situation and accordingly, tear gas shells were fired. There is complete calm now as the incident was a minor one.”