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Communal clashes near Surat spread

Communal clashes and arson that erupted over the murder of a local leader of Gau Raksha Samiti in Kosadi village of Surat district on Wednesday.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2007 23:06 IST

Communal clashes and arson that erupted over the murder of a local leader of Gau Raksha Samiti in Kosadi village of Surat district on Wednesday spread to neighbouring towns of Kim and Kamrej, police said.

"Some shops have been burnt in Kamrej town on the National Highway while an incident of stabbing has been reported in Kim," Surat (Rural) District Superintendent of Police BK Jha said.

"There is tension in some pockets because of rumours. We have deployed enough police force at the distrubed spots to ensure that normalcy prevails," Rawal said.

"Additional police force has been rushed to these places to control the situation. The situation at Kim was now under control," he added.

A leader of Gau Raksha Samiti was killed when he had gone to check on rumours about cow slaughter at Kosadi which has a population of 5,000 persons and is largely inhabited by members of the minority community.

Police have arrested around 30 people and rushed additional police force to the area in wake of a bandh call given for Thursday by the Akhil Bharatiya Gau Raksha Samiti.

"Police have arrested around 30 persons in connection with the rioting incident that occurred at Kosadi village of Mangrol taluka yesterday," Surat District Collector Dilip Raval said.

As a fall out of the incident, a mob from surrounding villages had set several shops and houses on fire at Kosadi. Additional police force has been called in from the neighbouring districts and deployed in the region," Rawal said, adding that ample security is being maintained at Kosadi and neighbouring villages.

"Additional police force has been called in from the neighbouring districts and deployed in the region," he said. Meanwhile, the bandh call given by Gau Raksha Samiti has been withdrawn.