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Violence continues in Vadodara

Union Home Ministry is likely to submit a report on the communal riots today.Is the demolition of dargah justified?

india Updated: May 04, 2006 13:59 IST
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Curfew was on Thursday relaxed for two hours for women and children in three areas of the city where violence has left six persons dead.

The curfew was relaxed for women and children at noon for two hours in Panigate, Karlibaug and Raopura areas of the city.

In Vadi, covering about 50 police station areas, and Navapura, the curfew will be relaxed for women and children between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, Police Commissioner Deepak Swarup said.

The Army will conduct a flag march for the second consecutive day on Thursday between five and seven in the evening in the disturbed areas of the city, he added.

Swarup said at a peace meeting, attending by the Municipal Commissioner, City Mayor, representatives of both the communities and himself on Wednesday, it was decided that no religious structure would be demolished in future without consultations with members of the concerned community.

He said the police was working in a neutral manner but action had to be taken against those indulging in violence.

The city has been witnessing violence since Monday following demolition of a dargah.

Also, Minister of State for Home Shri Prakash Jaiswal will submit a report on the Vadodara violence on Thursday, a day after his visit to the communally sensitive city.

Jaiswal on Wednesday said the Gujarat government should have shown more consideration while pulling down religious structures encroaching on public land.

Earlier,a mob attacked a police station in Navapura and burnt a bakery in Khenderao Market in Vadodara on Wednesday night, prompting the police to lob tear gas shells and open fire to control the situation.

A mob attacked the Navapura Police Station late on Wednesday night and policemen lobbed tear gas shells and fired three rounds to disperse the group, police said on Thursday.

In Khenderao Market, a bakery was set on fire by a mob and incidents of stone-pelting were reported from certain areas, including Yakutpura, last night. An oil mill was also set on fire in Dahej Road on Wednesday night, they said.

The Army on Wednesday night conducted flag marches in all curfew-bound localities of the riot-hit town where violence has left six persons dead and over 60 injured after the demolition of a dargah by the civic authorities on Monday.

First Published: May 04, 2006 10:01 IST