17 Jun 2023

Gujarat: Stone Pelting, Arson In Junagadh After Notice To Remove Dargah; One Dies, 4 Cops Injured

Junagadh (Gujarat): In Gujarat's Junagadh, there has been a ruckus over the notice to remove a dargah under the anti-encroachment campaign.  There was stone pelting and arson and stones were thrown at the police team. One person reportedly died in the incident and 4 cops were hurt.

Angry people pelted stones at the police team, in which four policemen including a DSP were injured. Police say that one person has died due to stone pelting. The police is probing the incident and the rioters are being identified from the CCTV footage.

Junagadh SP Ravi Teja Vasamsetty told that there is a dargah near Majewadi Gate in Junagadh. Junagarh Municipality gave notice to the dargah and directed to submit the papers regarding the validity of the dargah in five days. 

500-600 people gathered near dargah 

A crowd of about 500-600 people gathered near the dargah on Friday night. The police appealed to the people not to block the road, but around 10 pm, angry people pelted stones at the police team.

Police resorted to lathi charge, 174 detained

The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd.  Cops also burst tear gas shells.

At the same time, four policemen including a DSP were injured in stone pelting. 

Police have detained 174 people in connection with the violence The SP told that one person has died. Prima facie he died due to stone pelting but the real cause of death will be known only from the post mortem report. At present the incident is being investigated. 

Vehicles set ablaze

The miscreants set some vehicles on fire during the ruckus. The incident has been taken seriously by the State Home Department and top police officers are monitoring the situation. The video footage of the incident is being scanned and the accused are being identified.

The mob vandalised state transport buses and other vehicles passing through the area. They torched the motorcycles on road.

Some occupants of the buses were reportedly injured. The bikes were set on fire using soda bottles. 

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