Police lathicharge crowd at Narendra Modi's fast venue
On the second day of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's Sadbhavana fast, police baton-charged crowd outside fast venue and detained about 10 victims of 2002 riots ahead of their planned protest rally against Modi's fast in Naroda. Poll: Will the fast clean Modi's image? | Cartoon: The Modi-fied fast | Podcast | View photos: Day 2-Modi fastindia Updated: Sep 18, 2011 18:11 IST
On the second day of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's Sadbhavana fast, police detained about 10 victims of 2002 riots ahead of their planned protest rally against Modi's fast in Naroda.
The police here baton-charged crowd after it tried to gain entry inside the Gujarat University Convention Centre, the venue where Modi is observing fast since yesterday.
People have been pouring in at the venue since early morning today from across the state, police said.
A huge crowd of over 2000 people had gathered at the main entrance gate causing chaos and making it difficult for the police to handle the situation.
According to police, entry for common public to the venue is allowed only through one small gate and a huge number of people stormed it to gain entry inside the centre.
To disperse the crowd, police shoved the people and opened baton charge on them. Meanwhile, due to the sudden rush, couple of glass doors which were closed shattered.
Police said nobody was injured in the incident and the situation is under control.
Similar chaos was seen inside the convention hall where a large number of people had descended sending the organisers and volunteers in a tizzy.
More volunteers were brought in and situation was brought under control after half an hour.