Communities clash in central Gujarat village, burn down 3 houses

Communities clash in central Gujarat village, burn down 3 houses

Agency News

Anand, Feb 23 : A clash between two communities erupted again in Akbarpur village under Khambhat police station of this district in central Gujarat on Sunday. At least three houses were burnt down during the clash and stone pelting.

However, there were no reports of any injuries or casualty. Police said that it resorted to firing over half a dozen rounds of tear gas shells to control the rioting mob.

On January 24, a person had died during an incident of arson and rioting, when two communities clashed in the same village. The deceased had sustained a bullet injury and he was identified as local resident Vinod F Chawda. The violence then had started, when two groups started pelting stones after the Friday Namaz in a local Mosque.

Today's incident appeared to be a fallout of the earlier incident. It is understood that the two groups belonging to different communities had a fight earlier, on the Uttarayan day recently, over kite flying. A group of people had also burnt down over half a dozen kutcha/pucca houses during the clash last month. Police had to resort to tear gas shelling and also fired in the air to control the mob. Extra police has been deployed in the area, where the situation was described as being tense, but under control. (UNI)