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Gujarat: 6 Injured in Stone Pelting at Navratri Celebrations in Kheda; Bajrang Dal Attacks Bouncers in Surat Garba

By: News Desk

Edited By: Geetha Srimathi Sreenivasan

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Last Updated: October 04, 2022, 12:29 IST

Vadodara, India

Nobody was injured but a vehicle and a shop were damaged by the groups, police said. (Image: News18)

Nobody was injured but a vehicle and a shop were damaged by the groups, police said. (Image: News18)

Accused from both sides, 25 and 15 people, have been arrested. Police patrolling is underway, a Vadodara police official said

At least six persons were injured after revellers at a Garba venue were attacked by some intruders in Gujarat’s Kheda district, police said on Tuesday.Police were deployed at Undhela village in Matar tehsil following the incident on Monday night, said an official.

“A group of people led by two men identified as Arif and Zahir entered the Navratri Garba venue and started causing trouble. They even pelted stones," said Kheda Superintendent of Police Rajesh Gadhiya.

“Six persons were injured. We have deployed police force in the village and efforts are underway to arrest the accused," he said, adding that a home guard deployed at the spot was among those injured.

Stone pelting was reported in the village square where the Garba dance had been organized on the occasion of the Navratri festival and also on the approach road from a locality behind the venue, the SP said

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Bajrang Dal activists attack Muslim bouncers at Garba in Surat

Bajrang Dal activists and bouncers from the minority community clashed here during a garba event here.

The incident happened on Monday night and one bouncer was injured, who was treated at a hospital. As the police reached on time the situation was controlled and the garba event resumed soon after.

The Bajrang Dal activists during their surprise checking on Sunday night had found that Thakor Vadi garba organiser had hired a security team, which had Muslims bouncers.

The activists had asked the organiser to cancel the security service and ensure that no Muslim bouncer was on duty, even though on Monday night Muslim bouncers were at the security gate of the event, when activists asked their name, they gave false identity with Hindu names which led to the clash, said a local activist of Bajrang Dal.

40 arrested in Vadodara after clashes over religious flag

In a separate incident on Monday, police arrested 40 people in Vadodara after clashes broke out between two groups of different faiths at a vegetable market in Savli town.

Vadodara Rural Police, PR Patel, told news agency ANI that a local group had tied an Islamic flag to an electric pole as a Muslim festival was coming up. But, another group took offence to it because of the presence of a temple nearby.

Clashes broke out when the Hindu group went to convey how their religious sentiments were hurt.

The police official also said that several nearby vehicles were damaged in the stone pelting.

Cross First Information Reports (FIRs) were lodged by both the groups on late Saturday night, following which a case was registered for rioting, unlawful assembly, rash act endangering human life etc of the Indian Penal Code against 43 people.

“FIR has been filed. Accused from both sides, 25 and 15 people, have been arrested. Police patrolling is underway,” said the Vadodara police official.

Police security has been beefed up in the communally sensitive area and the situation is under control, Rajesh Garhia SP Kheda, told News18.

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first published:October 04, 2022, 08:03 IST
last updated:October 04, 2022, 12:29 IST