Vijaywada Muslims rampage as Hindu boy weds Muslim girl
Posted by jagoindia on August 7, 2008
11 hurt in communal clashes in Vijayawada
Thursday August 7 2008 03:01 IST
Express News Service
VIJAYAWADA: The volatile area of Wynchpet here witnessed pitched battles between groups of two different communities for the second day on wednesday, notwithstanding heavy police presence.
Eleven persons, including a DCP and a circle inspector, were injured in the continuing clashes.
Trouble broke out after a girl belonging to the minority community married a boy of another community of the same area. After overnight clashes and a relative lull this morning, violence erupted in the afternoon as youngsters, armed with stones, sticks and glass bottles, of both the sides tried to make surprise attacks on each other.
Despite heavy police presence, the violent youth clashed on the streets, strewing the roads with broken glass pieces and stones. The police, who remained, for the most part, passive finally swung into action after Commissioner of Police KV Rajendranath Reddy arrived on the scene and drove away the trouble-makers.
Police teams identified the instigators and arrested them. Later, they clamped down prohibitory orders under Section 144 and went round the locality warning people not to venture out of their houses.
The commissioner had held discussions with elders of both the groups last night and formed a peace committee on wednesday to settle the issue. But the youth of the minority community are sticking to their demand that the cops get their girl back.
Residents of the area, who are not part of either group, had a tough time in going out for work and bringing their children back from schools. Clashes between the two communities have become a routine affair every year.
Six injured in communal clashes in Vijayawada
Wednesday August 6 2008 21:34 IST
VIJAYAWADA: At least six people were injured Wednesday in clashes between two groups in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh after a boy and a girl belonging to different communities eloped and got married.
Tension prevailed in Vijayawada, about 300 km from here, as two groups threw stones and soda bottles at each other and attacked shops and houses. They also pelted stones on policemen and journalists.
Police said the trouble began Monday night when two groups came out on streets and pelted stones, injuring three people including two policemen. Unidentified people also cut the throat of a youth, seriously injuring him.
It started with a youth making a provocative remark to another youth belonging to the other community following the elopement and marriage of the young couple.
An auto rickshaw driver of Wynchipet area eloped with a girl of the same area but belonging to the other community. They married and returned to his house Monday.
The girl’s family alleged that the boy misled her and married her against her wishes.
Police refused to intervene saying the girl had attained the minimum legal age of marriage.
Though the situation was brought under control by police late Tuesday, tension continued in the area. Shops and business establishments remained closed in the area on Wednesday.
Many people from the two communities once again gathered on the streets, leading to clashes. They indulged in large-scale stone pelting and even used sharp-edged weapons.
A large number of policemen were deployed in the area to prevent further violence.
Police officers were holding talks with leaders of the two communities to bring the situation back to normalcy in Vijayawada, known for communal harmony.