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Cop hurt in 'friendly' fire during Shia-Sunni clash near Godhra

Written by: Staff

Godhra, Apr 14 (UNI) A deputy superintendent of police, who suffered a gun-shot wound in police firing aimed at curbing a Shia-Sunni clash in nearby Kalol today, has been rushed to a Vadodara hospital for treatment, police sources said.

It, however, could not ascertained if Mr D C Baranda, the police officer from Halol, was hurt in firing by colleagues or was wounded when his own revolver misfired at his foot.

Police fired seven rounds and lobbed 30 teargas shells to control the mob fury.

Besides Mr Baranda, three more police officials, including another Dy SP K D Suvera of Godhra, were among 12 injured in the clash at Kalol, about 25 kms from here.

As many as 133 people have been arrested for rioting.

A 'madrassa' and a part of a mosque were set ablaze during the violent clash, police said but added the fire was soon brought under control. These were the Anjuman-e-Azizul Islam madrassa and Jama Masjid kasba. A van was also burnt by mob.

Tension between the two sects, which had been simmering for sometime, erupted today after the Friday 'namaz' (prayers), when some Shia Muslims took exception to presence of a few Sunnis near the mosque. The two groups started attacking each other with sticks and pelted stones.

Police had to open fire to control the situation.

A combing operation was launched and lathis, local-made weapons and barrels of kersosene were recovered, police said.

Minister of State for Home Amit Shah said the situation is now under control.


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