A clash erupted between two communities at Khambat town in Gujarat’s Anand district on Friday (January 24), resulting in the death of one person due to a bullet injury. The victim was identified as Vinu Chavda.
Police resorted to opening fire to bring the situation under control, however, it is not confirmed whether the deceased was hit by the bullet fired by police.
“A clash broke out between two communities in the communally-sensitive Akbarpur area of Khambat town. The police fired some rounds to bring the situation under control,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Makrand Chauhan said.
“One person died after being hit by a bullet. However, it is a matter of investigation whether he was hit by a bullet fired by the police or any private person. The situation is now under control,” he added. A video of the incident showed people hurling stones from terraces of houses lined along narrow streets during the clash.
A police official said on the condition of anonymity that houses of five persons belonging to both the communities were torched during the clash. He said rounds were fired and tear gas shells lobbed by the police to bring the situation under control.
(With inputs from agencies)