At least three persons were injured in a clash between Hindus and Muslims in District Kutch during a rally for collection of funds for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Gujarat Police said on 18 January. The incident occurred on 17 January evening.
Meanwhile, police are trying to ascertain if the man, whose body was found around 200 m from the clash site in Kidana village, was killed in the riot, Kutch (East) Superintendent of Police Mayur Patil said.
Last evening, Kutch saw a procession to raise funds for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. As per an official from Gandhidham (B-Division) police station, Hindus and Muslims clashed and began hurling stones at each other in the village when the procession was being taken out.
Rioters had even set some vehicles on fire, added the official. In a bid to bring the situation under control, police had to lob teargas shells. The official further said that three persons were injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Mayur Patil said that a man was found killed with sharp weapons after a group attacked an autorickshaw on the outskirts of the village. “We have lodged a case of murder after the man was killed by some unidentified persons on the village outskirts, some 200 metres away from the place where the clash broke out. We are trying to find out who killed him and why,” Patil said.
The victim, who hailed from Jharkhand, was on the way to his home in an auto-rickshaw when a group of unidentified, lathi-wielding people attacked the vehicle. “While other passengers managed to escape, the victim died of knife injuries. How he received the injuries is yet to be ascertained,” said the SP.
Gujarat Police has lodged three separate FIRs. Out of the three, two FIRs have been filed by the two sides that clashed with each other. The third one was related to the murder.
Police have detained some people in connection with the incident.