At least three people were injured and a subsequent bandh had to be called on Thursday in Halvad town in Gujarat's Morbi district after two Bajrang Dal activists were allegedly attacked by a group of people reportedly belonging to a minority community, police said.
The incident took place on Wednesday night and the police arrested 17 people. A total of 37 people were booked -- 22 booked under Section 307 and 15 booked under Section 323,324 and rioting. According to the police, two FIRs were registered.
Police said that Bhavesh Thakkar and Alpesh Parejiya were attacked in Jungri Vaas by a group of people with whom the duo had a scuffle two days ago.
Even as police was rushed to the area late Wednesday night, a scrap godown was set ablaze by unidentified persons, the official informed.
During the "Halvad bandh" called Thursday by the local Bajrang Dal unit, heaps of paper were burnt in some places, the official said, adding that the situation was tense but under control now.
"The situation is under control now. We have deployed police personnel across the town to maintain law and order," Morbi Superintendent of Police Karanraj Vaghela said Thursday.
A Halvad police station official said that a case of rioting had been registered, based on the duo's complaint, and a probe was underway.
The Halvad police official added that no arrests had been made in this connection so far. He said that Thakkar and Parejia had been shifted to Ahmedabad for medical treatment. Some people also protested in Junagadh against the attack, an official said.
The police has been patrolling the entire district and the situation is peaceful.