Violence in Indore
EIGHT ROUNDS of bullets and teargas shells were fired in the air by the police to bring order in the Toda area on Jawahar Marg this morning after members of two communities pelted stones at each other in what can be seen as continuation of the clash that took place last night between two groups at a medicine shop in the area.india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 12:50 IST
EIGHT ROUNDS of bullets and teargas shells were fired in the air by the police to bring order in the Toda area on Jawahar Marg this morning after members of two communities pelted stones at each other in what can be seen as continuation of the clash that took place last night between two groups at a medicine shop in the area.
Police have lodged two complaints from each side. In this connection, a case under Section 307 (attempted murder), 294, 323, 341, 506 and 427 has been slapped against Congress MLA Ashwin Joshi on a complaint by RSS activist Kamal Waghela, who alleged that Joshi and his supporters had threatened him with a country-made revolver. Cases were also lodged against Kamal Waghela and others under Section 294, 323, 326, 341, 506 and 34 of IPC, following complaint by Ashwin Joshi.
Earlier, members of saffron-leaning outfits damaged the TI’s room at Central Kotwali police station, demanding that cases be registered against Ashwin Joshi. And now, with counter complaints being lodged, the entire situation has been politicised.
The incident in Toda started at around 9.30 am, when members of the saffron brigade started raising slogans against members of a particular community and attempted to stage a chakka jam on Jawahar Marg near Sanjay Setu, demanding action against members of the community who were involved in last night’s incident at a medicine shop.
Meanwhile, members of another community, who had also gathered in large numbers, started pelting bricks at those staging the chakka jam to which members of the other community retaliated. Within minutes shopkeepers downed their shutters and people ran helter-skelter as the entire stretch of road was dotted with brick pieces.
To bring order, police fired in the air and also tear-gassed the crowd to bring order. Though the stone pelting lasted no more than 10 minutes, the stretch from Premsukh talkies to Nandlalpura crossing was stopped for traffic for over four hours, even as police spread out in the lanes and by-lanes of north and south Toda scattering the people from both sides to defuse the tension.
When the stone pelting ended and the situation was more or less under control, local MLA Ashwin Joshi came on the scene. He went to the house of one Nanda Bai, who had been instrumental in staging the chakka jam. Kamal Waghela was sitting inside Nanda Bai’s house and here Joshi had an altercation with Waghela.
Joshi apparently told Waghela how he had dared to come to his area and stir up trouble and then also beat him up, and handed him over to the police. This once again created tension in the area with Waghela supporters demanding that cases be registered against Joshi.
Subsequently, they went to the Central Kotwali police station in full force and when the police started dithering over whether registering cases against Ashwin Joshi, they damaged glass panes and shouted slogans against police and members of a particular community.
As a result, the entire matter became politicised. BJP leaders including MLAs Mahendra Hardia and Usha Thakur, BJP City chief Ramesh Mendola, IMC Speaker Shankar Lalwani, corporator Chandu Shinde, former IMC speaker Kailash Sharma visited both the site where the stone pelting had taken place and also the police station to ensure that cases were registered against Ashwin Joshi.
Apart from Ashwin Joshi, City Congress president Ujagar Singh also came to the scene of the stone pelting and later in the evening a number of Congress leaders including State Congress vice-president Tulsi Silawat, City Congress vice-president Pramod Tandon, among others, also went to the Central Kotwali police station to show solidarity with Joshi.
Apart from complaints by Joshi and Waghela, FIRs were registered against Ishaq Medical Wala and others following complaint by Nanda Bai under Sections 336 and 427 of IPC and in counter complaint by corporator Hemlata Sonkar cases were registered against Kamal Waghela, Rajesh Bijwe and others under Sections 336 and 427 of IPC.