Vansda town in Gujarat’s Navsari district remained tense Saturday after people from two communities clashed over an altercation following India’s loss to West Indies Thursday. Police started round-the-clock patrolling and arrested six persons.
On Friday night, a youth was beaten up by five youths of another community. Following this, a mob ransacked shops, mosques and broke vehicles and hand-carts on the main road of Vansda town. Police personnel were deployed and FIRs have been lodged by both groups.
According to police, there was an altercation between members of two communities in Champawadi area after India lost the match. On Friday afternoon, leaders from both communities held a peace meeting with Vansda police officials.
On Friday evening, an 18-year-old boy and two of his friends were returning home in Champawadi after playing cricket when they had an altercation with five youths on the main road. The five allegedly slapped the 18-year-old after a heated exchange.
The news soon spread on WhatsApp. A mob gathered in Champawadi Friday night and went on a rampage. The mob also pelted stones on the dargah and a mosque in Champawadi.
Vansda police rushed to the spot. Navsari District Superintendent of Police M S Bharada reached the spot with an SRP battalion and tried to pacify the mob, but they refused to comply. The police eventually lobbed two teargas shells on the public to disperse them.
The VHP and Bajrang Dal declared a bandh Saturday, following which all shops and business establishments remained shut.