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Vadodara clash: Violence mars funeral procession

The State Reserve Police fired five rounds in air to disperse a stone pelting mob during funeral procession

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The State Reserve Police on Tuesday fired five rounds in air to disperse a stone pelting mob in an area during the funeral procession of a victim who was killed in police firing in the violence that erupted in the city.

The city was marred by violence after the demolition of a 200-year-old dargah.

Police officials said during the funeral procession of a victim, a mob pelted stones and also threw acid bottles on the special SRP point put up at Nalbandh Vada area of Vadi police station.

Five SRP jawans got injured in the acid bottle attack, officials said.

"In retaliation, SRP jawans fired five rounds in the air to control the mob late last night," a senior police official said.

The funeral was conducted later amidst tight security arrangements, they said.

Police lobbed several tear gas shells in the morning to disperse a mob that tried to disrupt the funeral procession of two minority community persons who were killed in police firing during Monday's clashes, the officials said. 

The incident occurred when relatives were taking the bodies of the victims for burial and were passing by Fatehpura locality and were confronted by members of rival community who tried to disrupt the procession, police said.

Arsonists also tried to torch two scooters but police intervened and drove them away and managed to escort the bodies for burial amidst tight security arrangements.

Cremation of two other riot victims of majority community was held on Monday night amidst tight police security.

Meanwhile, a godown of cotton was torched in Panigate police station area. 

First Published: May 02, 2006 22:06 IST