Parts of Ahmedabad remain tense due to bandh call

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Ahmedabad, Jul 18 (UNI) Parts of Ahmedabad city remained tense following a bandh called to protest against the deaths of two boys studying in the Asaram Bapu's school located in Sabarmati area under mysterious circumstances two weeks ago.

Police had resorted to as many as 20 teargas shells to disperse the agitated crowd of the area, who had called for Ahmedabad Bandh today, to protest against the incident that occurred on July 5.

Angry citizens of the area set fire to three vehicles and pelted stones to the Ahmedabad Municipal transport services in Sabarmati area. Nirnayanagar, Vejalpur, Jivrajpark and Sabarmati areas, where the people clashed with the police and all shops in these areas put down their shutters, as a precautionary measure.

Nirnaynagar and Akbarnagar area where the parents of the deceased childrens were residing, also witnessed clashes and police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

Two teenage students of Ashram shala went missing since July three and their bodies were recovered two days later from the Sabarmati river bed. Parents of the children alleged that their children were killed to conduct a religious ritual by people of the Ashram.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress had extended their support to Ahmedabad bandh call and asked the people to observe the bandh in a peaceful manner. State Congress President Siddharth Patel, who met the parents of the victims, also demanded a judicial probe into the deaths of the two cousins Dipesh (10) and Abhishek Vaghela (11).

Police have intensfied the investigation into the matter and have collected samples from the spot, where the bodies were found.

Security has been further tightened all over the city to prevent violence in other areas.

Barring a few sporadic incidents, the situation was under control, police said.

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