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20 injured in Vadodara rioting during Ganpati idol procession; vehicles, shops torched

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 20:39 IST
HT Correspondent
Several shops and some 40 vehicles parked in the Mandvi area were damaged and set ablaze by the mobs.

Several shops and some 40 vehicles parked in the Mandvi area were damaged and set ablaze by the mobs.(Photo: Twitter)

At least 20 people, including a couple of State Reserve Police Force personnel, were injured in Gujarat’s Vadodara on Thursday night after people from two communities clashed with each other during a procession to install the idol of Hindu god Ganesha.

Police sources said the clashes broke out when the procession was passing through Mandvi area of the city. When it reached a crossroad, streetlights went off and the stone-pelting started.

Several shops and some 40 vehicles parked in the area were damaged and set ablaze by the mobs.

Police lobbed around 30 tear gas shells to disperse the rioting mobs and fire tenders were pressed into service to control the fire.

The situation was brought under control in the early hours of Friday, police said.

SRP soldiers have been deployed in large numbers in the area and no fresh violence was reported on Friday.