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Police detained 13 in Vadodara over stone-throwing incident between two communities during Ganesh procession

Members of two communities got into a fight and started pelting stones at each other, which took a communal turn in Gujarat's Vadodara.

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Vadodara: Members of two communities got into a fight and started pelting stones at each other, which took a communal turn in Gujarat’s Vadodara. The issue became sensitive when a procession carrying an idol of Lord Ganesh passed through a sensitive locality on Monday night.

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In order to maintain law and order, heavy police personnel were deployed in the area. The situation is currently under control and the idol was brought to the pandal without any hue and cry.

Meanwhile, an FIR was registered at Vadodara city police station against members of both sides on suspicion of rioting and unlawful gathering, as per the police. So far, 13 people have been detained by police in connection with the clash that occurred late on Monday night.

The FIR was registered under various Indian Penal Code Sections, including 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 336 (rash act endangering human life or personal safety), and 295 (defiling a place of worship), the official said.

The members of the two communities pelted each other with stones after an argument broke out between them over some issue when the Ganesh procession was passing through Panigate Darwaza in the communally sensitive Mandvi locality at around 11.15 pm, a city police official said.

The situation gradually took on a communal hue, leading to stone-throwing at each other. In the process, a glass panel on a mosque’s front gate was damaged, “the official claimed.”

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Chirag Koradia, told reporters that the situation is calm and under control and that the crime branch has been probing the incident. The police have urged the public not to believe any rumours.

 

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