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Communal clashes spark after kite fight in Bharuch; claim two lives

Sources told it all began after a Muslim boy was reportedly beaten up in Ambeta village for catching a kite.

Written by Kamal Saiyed | Surat | Updated: January 15, 2015 3:24:16 pm
Bharuch riots, Communal clashes A large number of locals from both communities clashed with each other armed with sharp weapons, and attacked passers-by. (Source: Express photo)

Two passers-by  were killed and ten  seriously injured in Hansot village of Bharuch district in the aftermath of riots that broke out after a kite fight in the neighbouring Ambeta village in the same district Wednesday morning.

Sources told The Indian Express, that it all began after a Muslim boy was reportedly beaten up in Ambeta village for catching a kite. Later, a large number of locals from both communities clashed with each other armed with sharp weapons, and attacked passers-by two of whom riding motorbikes, were killed after being stabbed.

Arson, plundering and stabbing continued till late Wednesday , dampening makar sankranti festivities, as mobs  set standing crops in a field belonging to a rival community, ablaze in revenge. An ambulance carrying the injured to hospital was also torched near Sahol village enroute to Ankleshwar, the nearest town.  Rioters blocked all the roads leading to Ankleshwar, which forced villagers to take those injured in Hansot, to Bharuch hospital in boats, by sea.

The fight which began in Ambeta, a thinly populated village where most of the natives are settled in Surat, saw people from Hansot village rush to their aid.

As word spread of the clashes, residents of Hansot from the community targeted in Ambeta, began to attack the rival community in their village. And burnt their shops.

The police had lobbed ten tear gas shells and fired five rounds , as Superintendent of police Bipin Ahire remained stationed at Hansot, to control mobs.

Assistant superintendent of police Hitesh Choyser said, “The situation is under control, we have intensified patrolling in the riot affected area. Te quarrel erupted over a kite catching incident and we have lodged an FIR and have deployed SRP.”

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