Stones have been thrown at two Ram Navami processions in Gujarat’s Vadodara metropolis on Thursday, police stated, including that some individuals have been injured in one of many incidents. Whereas the primary incident befell close to Panjrigar mohalla in Fatehpura space within the afternoon, the second befell in close by Kumbharwada within the night.
The procession that got here below assault in Panjrigar mohalla had been organised by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). The opposite procession had been organised by native residents.
Native BJP MLA Manisha Vakil was a part of the procession which got here below assault in Kumbharwada.
“When the `shobha yatra‘ (procession) was passing peacefully, some folks instantly began throwing stones at us. Some girls who have been a part of the procession obtained injured. Police try their finest to take care of legislation and order. Minister of State for House Harsh Sanghavi referred to as me and took a inventory of the state of affairs on the bottom,” stated Vakil.
Movies of the incident confirmed folks operating for shelter after stone pelting started. A chariot carrying a Ram idol was pulled away to a secure location.
Among the injured informed reporters that stones got here from close by terraces.
Metropolis police commissioner Shamsher Singh visited Kumbharwada space after the incident.
“We are going to nab everybody who was concerned in stone-pelting. Now we have CCTV footage,” he informed reporters.
Earlier within the afternoon, stones have been thrown at a VHP-organised Ram Navami procession when it was passing via Fatehpura space.
Whereas some autos obtained broken, nobody was injured and the procession handed forward alongside its deliberate route below police safety, stated Deputy Commissioner of Police Yashpal Jaganiya.
Jaganiya and different senior police officers rushed to the spot upon studying concerning the incident.
A Bajrang Dal chief claimed that police have been nowhere to be seen when the incident befell, however the DCP denied it.
“The state of affairs is below management. The (Fatehpura) incident befell when the procession reached close to a mosque and other people began gathering there. This isn’t a communal riot. We dispersed the gang and the procession went forward on its route. All such processions within the metropolis had already been given police safety,” Jaganiya informed reporters.
Further Commissioner of Police Manoj Ninama additionally reached the spot and ordered deployment of further power to take care of peace.
“Now we have deployed armed males from common police, crime department, SOG (Particular Operation Group) and State Reserve Police Pressure. As of now, there aren’t any stories of anybody getting injured within the stone pelting. Now we have ordered an inquiry,” he stated.
No arrests have been made but, he added.
Vadodara Bajrang Dal president Ketan Trivedi claimed that the stone-pelting was a part of a conspiracy.
“This procession is focused nearly yearly. Regardless of realizing that, there was no police deployment within the space. Stones have been pelted as a part of a pre-planned conspiracy,” he stated.
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