Ahmedabad: Nine people have been arrested
in connection with the communal riots broke out Monday here, a
senior police official said on Thursday.
"Twelve cases have been registered in connection with
the riots, and nine persons have been arrested while five
have been put under preventive arrest," Joint Commissioner of
Police (JCP) Satish Sharma told reporters.
"Since Monday the city had been witnessing violence in
Shahpur locality which has traditionally been a communally
sensitive area. But the situation today is fairly under
control," the officer said.
Riots had broken out on Monday here over a controversy
between participants of a marriage procession and locals when
procession was passing near a mosque and it was time for
evening prayers, police have said.
"One person has died, while 22 others, including 10
policemen were injured in the stone pelting incidents in the
last three days," Sharma said.
The JCP said police fired 22 rounds of bullets and lobbed
180 tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
"Six companies of State Reserve Police (SRP), two
Rapid Action Force (RAF) and over 800 police jawans have been
deployed in the Shahpur and nearby areas," he said, adding
that there were couple of similar incidents in Kalupur and
Madhupura areas also.
Sharma said that they were trying to ascertain if the
riots were engineered or was a spontaneous act.
"We are investigating how the entire thing began and
who were involved in it. We are also probing if the riots were
engineered or not. So far we have not got any indication which
could suggest that they were engineered," Sharma said.
When asked if any of the local politicians or
corporators were involved in inciting the crowd, Sharma said
that they have no such information.
About the stabbing incidents that took place
yesterday, he said that they have got information about the
suspects and are trying to trace them.
"We have lead on the people who were involved in the
riots and are looking for those notorious miscreants who
are on the run. They will be caught soon," he said.