Ahmedabad police file FIRs against rioters

Police on Monday filed two First Information Reports following yesterday's attacks by rioting mobs on the policemen in the communally sensitive Shahpur area here.

PTI| Updated: Oct 06, 2014, 17:51 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Police on Monday filed two First Information Reports following yesterday's attacks by rioting mobs on the policemen in the communally sensitive Shahpur area here.

The first complaint filed by sub-inspector HM Rana of Shahpur police station says the mob of about a thousand people attacked the policemen with stones, swords and sticks, leaving three policemen including deputy commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Shukla and assistant commissioner of police MD Chaudhary injured.

The mob tried to kill the policemen who were patrolling in the area to prevent illegal cow slaughtering last evening, the complaint says, adding that attackers came from various lanes leading to Rangila chowky, Rajaji pol, Burkhaposh pol, Shahpur Hauj and Shahpur Adda.

Police fired at least 30 teargas shells and later fired five rounds in the air, the FIR says.

Rana claims in the FIR that he has identified 12 persons who led the mob. The FIR has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 148 (rioting with weapons) and 332 (attacking public servants) of the Indian Penal Code.

The second FIR registered by police sub-inspector A B Gohil of Navrangpura police station says that the rioters snatched away his loaded service revolver.

Gohil states that when two constables and he were heading towards Rangila Chowky on their bikes at around 7:30 pm, a mob of around 1,500 persons stopped them near Mirzapur meat market and attacked them with sticks.

Gohil claims that he was hit with a pipe on his head while constables Sardarsinh Bharatsinh and Mayur Gadhvi too were beaten up. His bike was set on fire.

They were later rushed to VS Hospital. Gohil received 10 stitches on his head.

"So far nobody has been arrested. But the situation is completely under control," said inspector A J Gondalia of Shahpur police station.