The Savli police Monday arrested 36 people in connection with a communal clash that broke out between two groups Sunday night in Vadodara. Two separate cross complaints have been lodged against a total of 43 persons following the clash.
The incident happened when two groups clashed over installing community flags on electricity poles in the Damaji na dairy area of Savli town. The groups resorted to heavy stone pelting even as armed mobs took to the streets and vandalised private vehicles and shops. Several teams of the Vadodara district police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Several rioters were apprehended from the spot, while two separate FIRs were lodged against 43 persons.
On Monday, the police arrested 36 persons. A senior police officer said, “The minority community has a festival coming up soon, and therefore, a local youth group had put up flags on bamboo sticks, fastened to the electricity poll. It did not go down well with other groups as there is a big festival coming up Wednesday in which the majority community has also planned a huge procession. Many rioters were nabbed immediately and they have also identified other miscreants from the footage.”
All accused in the case have been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections for unlawful assembly (143), uttering obscene words in a public place [294(B)], rash and negligent act that can endanger human life (337), criminal intimidation [506(2)], and mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (427), said Vadodara Superintendent of Police Rohan Anand.
Heavy police deployment has been placed in Savli, which is also gearing up for a show of strength from the two rival groups on Dussehra Wednesday.