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15 hurt in Gujarat over Osama posters

Upset overs arrest of people carrying Osama posters in a rally, locals attack police, reports Rathin Das.

india Updated: May 28, 2007 03:16 IST
Rathin Das

Eighteen people were arrested and prohibitory orders clamped in Vadodara on Sunday after a mob attacked the police in the early hours.

The police maintained a vigil over the old city areas of Vadodara — Taiwada, Wadi and Gajarawadi — all through Sunday after members of the minority community pelted stones at a police patrol party at about 2 am. The police had to fire 12 rounds in the air and use 42 teargas shells and baton charge to quell the mob. At least 15 people were hurt in the clashes, including Police Commissioner PC Thakur and two other policemen.

Locals attacked the police because they were apparently upset over Saturday’s arrest of six people who on Friday took out a spontaneous rally with posters of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Friday’s rally itself was a response to miscreants who alleged threw leaflets derogatory to the Prophet a couple of days ago.

The Vadodara police yet to arrest anyone for distribution of those leaflets, but have held six people for carrying Osama posters. The police said mischief mongers had deliberately made the Osama posters to instigate people.

Minority organisations like All India Qaumi Mahal and Antarik Vistapit Hak Rakshak Samiti condemned Friday’s incident of carrying Osama posters. Community leaders also said there was no tension in the city.

First Published: May 28, 2007 01:13 IST