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INDIA: Vadodara Tense after Hindu-Muslim ‘Communal Clashes’: Over 200 Arrested, Mobile Data Services Suspended

October 1, 2014 | By

Vadodara, Gujarat: Communal clash broke out between Hindus and Muslims in Vadodara resulting in violence that lead to two men being stabbed in different parts of the city on Sunday (Sept. 26). The violence was reportedly triggered by a religious post on social-networking site Facebook.

The situation in the city is reportedly tense, though, no incident of violence has been reported so far.

To prevent any further mishap, police have been deployed across the affected areas, while the police have reportedly requested the religious leaders to intervene and help suppress the communal tension.

A Facebook post reportedly triggered Hindu-Muslim communal violence in Vadodara, Gujarat

A Facebook post reportedly triggered Hindu-Muslim communal violence in Vadodara, Gujarat

Earlier on Monday at least 140 people were arrested in connection with the clash.

“We arrested 140 people on Sunday evening after two men were stabbed. The injured are under medical observation and those who have been arrested are being interrogated,” NDTV quoted Vadodara police commissioner E Radhakrishnan as saying.

The communal clashes in different parts of the city took a violent turn when people, on Saturday (Sept. 25), started stone-pelting and set vehicles on fire.

Paramilitary forces and State Reserve Police Force teams have been stationed across the affected regions to control the clashes between the two communities, which began in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura and Kumbharvada, over a Facebook post on Thursday.

Despite police’s efforts to prevent the clashes from reaching other parts of the city, people went on a rampage in Waghodia Road and Champaner Gate, as the rumoured messages on the religious photo posted on Facebook continued to spread. The police have terminated mobile data connections and bulk text messages until 30 September to contain the situation.

The situation became grim when two men—one in Waghodia Road, another in Yakutpura—were stabbed.

On Sunday afternoon, Shailesh Rajput, 28, was stabbed several times in his back while he was going home for lunch from his tea stall. Another incident occurred in Mangal Bazaar where Mahendra Dangi, 48, lost an ear and suffered head injuries in the attack. Both have been admitted to a hospital and their situation is said to be stable now, The Indian Express reported.

In 2002 the Gujarat state witnessed genocidal massacre of Muslim minority in which around two thousand person, including women and children, were killed.

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