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Gujarati Muslims Attack Ganesh Visarjan, stone temple, loot, arson, riot in Vadodara

Posted by jagoindia on September 16, 2008


Gujarat:Ganesh procession attacked in Vadodara’s Muslim area
Vadodara, DeshGujarat, 14th of September, 2008

Ganesh immersion procession was attacked in Muslim area of Vadodara city in Gujarat. Groups of Muslims pelted stones heavily on Kumbharwad’s Ganesha procession when it was passing from Fatehpura area. Shiva temple in Fatepura area was also targeted by stones. Ganesh devotees from different areas and processions rushed to the place soon to defend the procession.

Police lobbed five tear-gas shells to quell the mob. However, stone pelting continued. Mobs set a road-side stall on fire and damaged a shop. A shop was also set on fire in Yakutpura area. At different security points, stones were pelted at the cops in Muslim dominated areas. Even a fire brigade vehicle was attacked by groups of Muslims. Fire man Kanaksinh Zala was injured. One police vehicle was damaged. To get control of the situation, Police fired in the air. Total three people were injured including two senior policemen DCP Gagandeep Gambhir and JCP Praveen Sinha.

In Muslim dominated Yakutpura locality, a platform was set to welcome Ganesha processions. This platform was named as ‘Komi ekta manch(communal harmony stage)’. However once riot erupted, rioter groups of Muslims badly damaged this platform.

Vadodara is the city where fanatic group of Muslims had demonstrated Osama Bin Laden’s posters on road last year. Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts some of the main accused are from Vadodara.

Before some days, when Police were on it’s task to collect names of those living on Ganesh immersion procession rout in Muslim locality of Machchipith, local group of Muslims instead of co-operating the police had protested against such drill.

Ganesh immersion procession was also attacked in Muslim areas of Bharuch recently.

Latest on this on Monday: Mob started torching shops and vehicles at around 12.00 in noon in Yakutpura-Fatepura areas on Monday. Police fired two rounds. One person in rioting mob was killed. Rapid Action Force was called. Shower helped to control the situation too. 8 were injured.

Violent trail: 1 killed, 7 injured in police firing

Express News Service, Posted: Sep 16, 2008

Vadodara, September 15 Unruly mob resorted to looting, arson, claim cops; curfew imposed in Fatehpura
One person died and seven others were injured when the Vadodara police opened fire on an unruly mob in Fatehpura locality on Monday, following the violence that broke out in the area during the Ganesh Visarjan on Sunday evening. Curfew has been imposed in the area ever since.

Vadodara Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that the decision to fire at the rioters was taken instantly, as the mob resorted to looting and arson.

Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officers nabbed one Rajesh alias Raju Pawar late on Sunday night for not winding up the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony by 7.30 pm, as the situation in the area had already become tense after miscreants torched two shops in neighbouring Yakutpura.

According to the residents, stone pelting started after Pawar’s supporters had gathered in Fatehpura Char Rasta. Police said three shops below a temple were torched in the morning by the rioters. A jewellery shop was also looted, said eyewitnesses.

DCB officials said rioting began immediately after Pawar was arrested on Sunday night. Three shops in the Champaner Gate area below a mosque were burnt down including a laari (hand-cart). “We have arrested Rajesh Pawar for not following police orders,” said K D Pandya.

On Monday morning, a group of youngsters from the area went to the police station to protest against the arrest of Pawar. Residents, both Hindus and Muslims, said additional force sent to bring the rioting under control reached late.

Rioting had taken place even on Sunday night in Yakutpura where three shops were torched. Eyewitnesses said it was prayer time for the Muslims fasting in the Holy month of Ramzan, when some of the drunken revellers going towards the Sursagar Lake for the Visarjan began jeering at them. This resulted in stone pelting.

“Almost immediately, the men, armed with sticks, doused one of the shops with kerosene and torched it until the police came,” said an eyewitness on condition of anonymity.

Shocked kin of riot victim ask: Why?
Junaid Hussain (25) was shot dead by the police on Sunday night. His family has one question for the police: “Why did they aim at his chest and not his legs?”

Father of a 10-month-old boy, Junaid had stepped out of his Fatehpura house thinking it was just another incident of stone pelting: a common occurrence in the walled city area. What he did not know, however, was that he would fall victim to police bullets.

Junaid’s brother, Javed, said at the mortuary in the SSG Hospital that he never imagined a police firing would take place in Fatehpura. “He was not among the rioters,” said Javed.

Junaid was an employee of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. He had come out thinking he would leave for work immediately after the stone pelting stops, said Javed. “We had asked him to wait, but it was too late. They could have fired at his legs,” said Javed, adding that Junaid was hit on the chest and shoulders.

Meanwhile, SSG Hospital is yet to release the dead, as the autopsy is pending. “We have been waiting for the last five hours for the doctors to complete the post-mortem,” said Javed. Junaid was married a year and a half ago.

Pawar, a known history sheeter
Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officials, who had arrested Rajesh Pawar on Sunday night, told Newsline that Pawar is a known history sheeter.

“Rajesh Pawar is a known history sheeter in the area. Several cases of betting are pending against him,” said Inspector K D Pandya.

Interestingly, he is also the organiser of the Maratha Putra Ganesh Puja Mandal.

Pawar’s supporters, however, maintained that he is not involved, as he was busy with the Visarjan preparation on Sunday evening. Sources say that every time during Visarjan, Pawar would offer prayers in the Dargah at the Champaner Gate in the city.

Locals say that Pawar has a large following among the youth of the area, who are ready to do anything for him.

Seven injured and one dead brought to SSG Hospital at 12:30 pm on Monday
* Junaid Shaikh (25) died after being hit by two bullets on the left side on his chest.
* Maqbool Shaikh (23) seriously injured after a bullet hit his back
* Shahrukh Mansuri (15) hit by a bullet on left hand
* Ijaj Shaikh (21) received bullet injuries on the right hand
* Moshin Saiyad (23) received bullet injuries on the left hand side of body
* Mohammad Panwala (39) received bullet injuries on the left hand side of his body
* Shoaib Mansuri (20) cut his feet with glass shards
* Mohammad Rafiq Abdul Hamid (38) received bullet injuries on the left side of his body

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