Updated: November 3, 2017 12:34:38 am
Two more tribals were arrested on Thursday in connection with the clashes between members of Sidi tribe and Ahir community, besides with the police, in Talala taluka of Gir Somnath district last week. With this, the number of arrests in five different cases of violence and rioting has gone up to 51.
“We have arrested two more persons in this connection today and produced them in a court, which has sent them to judicial custody,” Talala circle police inspector J B Nai, who is investigating the case, said on Thursday.
Last Saturday, clashes broke out between the members of Sidi tribe and Ahir community in Gundaran village of Talala taluka following a tiff over a minor issue. The violence spilled over to a nearby village where an auto-rickshaw driver from Sidi tribe was allegedly attacked on Sunday. The tribals had then allegedly set on fire an earth mover on Madhupur-Gundaran road on Sunday afternoon, besides attacking the police, injuring four policemen.
Five cases were registered — two under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and three for attempt to murder and rioting. As many as 31 Sidi tribals, including seven women, were arrested the following day. Six more persons were later arrested. Besides, eight out of the 12 accused in the two cases of atrocities have been arrested.
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