A day before Eid-ul-Zuha celebrations, a clash broke out between a mob and the police win the communally sensitive Shahpur area of Ahmedabad late Sunday. The clash occurred when a team from the Ahmedabad Crime Branch reached Shahpur to arrest suspects in a firing incident in Shahibaug area that took place on Saturday night.
The situation turned tense for a few hours and police had to fire tear gas shells to control the mob.
The clash broke out at Rangila Chowky near Pattharwali Masjid when the police team landed in the area for investigation. A mob gathered at the spot and pelted stones. Soon, policemen from Shahpur and neighbouring police stations rushed to the spot to control the situation.
The Shahpur police said that locals were not ready to hear them and objected to the arrest of the suspect from the area. According to the police, the locals alleged that the suspects were being rounded up on false charges. However, the police claimed they went to Shahpur just to check the suspects’ role in animal slaughter.
Two police vans were torched and several private vehicles were damaged in the violence that lasted for a couple of hours.\
A sub-inspector, A G Gohil, was among three policemen injured in the clash. The mob snatched Gohil’s service revolver, the police said. DCP (Crime) Himanshu Shukla also suffered injuries on his leg.
Police Commissioner Shivanand Jha later held a meeting with the local committee members of Shahpur and neighbouring areas to ensure peace during the festival.