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Seven SRP jawans injured in mob attack

Written by: Staff

Vadodara, May 2 (UNI) Seven Special Reserve Police (SRP) jawans were injured when a mammoth crowd of around 1000 people attacked a temporary SRP camp at Nalwandwada locality under Pandigate police station here this evening.

While five were injured in acid bulb attack and two in stone throwing by the mob. The injured included ASI Lok Singh Dhaka.

The crowd suddenly attacked the police while returning from the Jorabar Peer Kabrastan under Wadi Police Station, after burying Mohamed Ashaq Arab, who succumbed to bullet injuries late last night.

In retaliation, police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Nobody was reported injured in the lathicharge so far.

Mohamed was the fifth victim of yesterday's communal violence. He was first admitted to a private hospital but was later shifted to Sir Sayaji Gaekwad (SSG) Civil Hospital after his condition became critical, police said.

Four others who died yesterday have been indentified as Irfan Ahmed Dhobi, Mohamed Mansuri (both in police firing), Viren Pravinchandra Shah and Rajendra Ramchandra Meena (due to stabbing).

Barring a few more cases of stone throwing between two groups and clashes with police in different parts of the curfew bound areas, the city remained tense today after yesterday's violence as the toll rose to five.

According to doctors at Sir Sayaji Gaekwad Hospital (SSG) here, there are 20 indoor patients, mostly with bullet injury, still recovering.

The district authorities clamped curfew again after relaxing it for two hours in areas under four out of six police stations. Brisk buying for essential items was reported when the curfew was relaxed.

No curfew was inposed in areas under seven other police staions in the city.

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