A 24-year-old man succumbed to injuries sustained in police firing during a clash between cops and local residents in the communally sensitive Shahpur area of Ahmedabad on Monday.
Ashraf Khan, who died on Monday, was seriously injured during police firing on Sunday evening.
Following the clashes, Ahmedabad police on Monday filed two FIRs against rioters. Among those named in the FIRs include Khan, killed in the firing. “He was from very poor family and was working in a tailoring shop. He was to get married in two weeks on October 19,” said Dariapur Congress MLA Gyasuddin Sheikh.
The police claimed that during Eid, some slaughter house operators slaughtered cows, which is prohibited in the state.
However, local residents allege police harassment in the name of curbing cow slaughter.
“Whatever has happened could have been avoided. Why the crime branch policemen had to raid the areas just before Eid? We had assured the police commissioner that no cow slaughtering will happen in our localities. It was announced from mosque that cows shall not be slaughtered,” Sheikh said.
The first complaint, filed by sub-inspector HM Rana of Shahpur police station, stated that a mob of about a thousand people attacked the police officers with stones, swords and sticks, leaving three cops, including deputy commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Shukla and assistant commissioner of police MD Chaudhary, injured.
The police claimed that local residents, led by some anti-social elements, launched stone pelting on the police officers who had gone to nab a person involved in a cow slaughter case in Shahpur.
“To disperse the mob, the police had to resort to open firing and lob teargas shells. The mob had become violent and was attacking the policemen with swords, stones and other weapons,” a police official said.
Meanwhile, around 10,000 police officers, including state reserved police and rapid action force, were deployed in sensitive areas to ensure that Eid passed off without any communal disturbance.