Communal Clashes Erupt in Gujarat’s Vadodara During Ganesh Procession, 13 Detained

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VADODARA — Clashes broke out between two communities during a Ganesh procession in Panigate area of Vadodara city, police said on Tuesday.

The police have so far detained 13 people in connection with the clash which broke out late Monday night, officials said, adding that no one was injured in the stone pelting.

Vadodara’s Deputy Commissioner Panna Momaya told IANS: “A Ganesh procession was passing through Panigate area on Monday night, when an internal fight broke out resulting in stone pelting. Unfortunately, one of the stones hit a window of a religious place breaking it, sparking speculation about members of the minority being attacked. This was retaliated, leading to a clash between the two groups.”

A complaint was lodged with the City police station against two groups under the rioting section.

As the city control room received a call regarding the incident, police force from all neighbouring police stations were rushed and the situation was brought under control, said Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, Deputy Commissioner (Crime Branch).

Security in the area has been intensified following the incident.

The situation in Vdodara is peaceful now, according to Police sources and the investigation into the matter has been started. — IANS (Inputs added)

Photo: Police force reached Panigate area after internal fight broke out which led to stone pelting during Ganesh procession in Vadodara city.

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