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Clash between two communities in Gujarat over eve-teasing; two cops injured, vehicles damaged

Two policemen were injured and vehicles damaged when two communities clashed in Gujarat’s Porbandar over an alleged eve-teasing incident. Police fired teargas shells to control the mobs.

india Updated: May 27, 2018 18:01 IST
Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
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Heavy security was deployed in Porbandar after two communities clashed over an eve-teasing incident.(PTI/Photo for representation)

Two policemen and some locals were injured when members of two communities clashed in Gujarat’s Porbandar district following an alleged incident of eve-teasing, police said on Sunday.

The clash took place in the Kirti Mandir area late on Saturday night, some 400 km from Ahmedabad, after which police lobbed teargas shells to control the mob, Porbandar Superintendent of Police (SP) Shobha Bhutada said.

The clash was triggered after some members of a community accused a man from another community of harassing a woman passing by, Bhutada said, adding that police were yet to verify the claim.

“A large mob, comprising members of both communities, gathered and started hurling stones at each other, in which two policemen sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. Some members of the public also sustained minor injuries,” the SP said.

The minor altercation soon took serious turns and police vehicles were also damaged, she added.

Heavy security was deployed in the area and police had to lob 21 teargas shells to bring the situation under control, the SP said.

“We have rounded up some persons and a probe is on,” she said, adding that the situation was now under control.

An FIR was lodged under relevant sections of IPC, including 143 (unlawful assembly), 146 (rioting), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), and under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, the SP said.

First Published: May 27, 2018 17:48 IST