Gujarat witnessed communal clashes in two cities during Ram Navmi
On Sunday, a communal clash broke out during the occasion of Ram Navami between two communities in two cities of Gujarat. The clashes took place in Himmatnagar, a city that is about 70 km from Gandhinagar, and in Khambhat which is 125 km away from the capital city. A person was killed during the conflict and many were injured, the reason for the clash was a procession on the occasion of Ram Navmi that was passed through Muslim-dominated areas.
In order to control the crowd, police had to fire tear gases because they were pelting stones at each other and were damaging shops, vehicles, and public properties. Later a total of four additional police forces of state reserve police (SRP) were also deployed to bring the situation under control.
Gujarat’s Director General of Police (DGP), Ashish Bhatia gave a statement saying that “Incidents of violence were reported after stone-pelting broke out when the Ram Navmi processions passed through Muslim-dominated areas (in the cities). The situation is under control now. However, an ‘elderly person’ died in the clash in Khambhat but his identity was yet to be ascertained.”
In the Chhapariya locality of Himmatnagar city in the Sabarkantha district members of both the communities threw stones at each other, this conflict began late in the afternoon and the police had to use various methods to bring the situation under control. On the other hand in the Anand district’s Khambhat town, another clash took place wherein the people of both the communities ended up damaging various transports and shops.
According to the reports, the state chief police said that around three police officials got hurt during this communal clash in Himmatnagar in the Sabarkantha district. The injured officers were immediately taken to the hospital for medical assistance and were fortunately discharged after their wounds were treated.
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