Vadodara clashes: Centre dispatches 500 CRPF men
With the killing of one more person, the death toll in the last two days of continued violence has risen to six.india Updated: May 03, 2006 13:20 IST
As violence did not show signs of ebbing in Vadodara, the Centre on Wednesday dispatched five companies of 500 personnel belonging to paramilitary forces to assist the Gujarat police in containing the situation.
"Five companies of CRPF, including four of the Rapid Action Force, have been sent to Vadodara. While two RAF companies (of 200 personnel) have already reached there, the remaining would be deployed soon in and around the city," a Home Ministry official said in New Delhi.
The special secretary is in constant touch with the state administration and is reviewing the situation at regular intervals.
The Centre has offered all possible assistance to the state government to deal with the situation, he said.
A Home Ministry spokesman said, "Home Minister Shivraj Patil has spoken to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over telephone and asked him to make all efforts to bring the situation in Vadodara under control."
Union Home Secretary VK Duggal also spoke to the Gujarat Chief Secretary and the state DGP and assured all help in the form of additional forces, the spokesman added.
One person was burnt alive in a car as a 2000-strong mob attacked shops and houses in the Panigate police station area despite curfew in riot-hit areas late on Tuesday night.
According to police sources, the mob went on a rampage in the Mahavir charrasta on the Ajwa road and set ablaze a number of vehicles, shops and houses in the area before additional reinforcement and Rapid Action Force (RAF) reached the spot.
"The mob indulged in heavy stone-pelting with the police, which resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells," Additional Commissioner of Police VM Pargi said.
The unidentified victim trapped inside the burning vehicle was later removed to the SSG hospital. It was, however, not immediately known as to how many were injured in the clashes.
Clashes also reportedly broke out between the two communities at Kotiadnagar, Bawamanpura, Sardar estate under the Panigate police station on late Tuesday night.
Earlier on Tuesday, curfew was relaxed for a couple of hours in the Panigate area from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and the authorities had decided to give a nine-hour curfew relaxation in the area from 8 am to 5 pm following improvement in the situation.
With the killing of one more person, the death toll in the last two days of continued violence and police firing had risen to six.