Vadodara: Violence subsides, curfew continues
Vadodara, May 4: With the Army conducting a flag march and patrolling in riot-hit areas, situation in the curfew-bound walled city seems to be limping back to normal.
Barring an incident of some miscreants attacking a bakery at the Khanderao market, no other untoward incident was reported from any part of the six police station areas of Raopura, Panigate, Wadi, City, Karelibaug and Navapura, which have been curfew-bound since Monday.
Some miscreants tried to set the bakery on fire last night, but police dispersed them by lobbing a few teargas shells.
Police had to resort to five rounds of firing last night when members of two communities fought a pitched battle at Kharvawad and attacked the Naravpura police outpost for the second time.
Police said no one was injured in stone pelting or firing.
Later, in a combing operation, police arrested three people in connection with the violence.
Around midnight two columns of Army from the Makarpura base were called out to stage a flag march in the most-sensitive areas.
An Army contingent also patrolled the curfew-bound areas in convoys.
According to police sources, the Army was still patrolling the Panigate and City police station areas.
Police Commissioner Deepak Swaroop, who came in for sharp criticism from different quarters for allegedly failing to curb the violence, had decided not to relax curfew in any areas until there was a marked improvement in the situation.
The riots and clashes in city had so far claimed six lives and left scores of people injured.
The continued curfew in the most populated and main market areas of Vadodara had its impact in other parts of the city also.
A peace committee meeting convened by the police commissioner last night resolved to unitedly work for immediate restoration of peace and communal harmony in the city.
The meeting which made a fervent appeal to the people to maintain peace, was attended, among others, by City mayor Sunil Solanki, State Education Minister Bhupendra Lakhawala, BJP MP Jayaben Thakkar, city Congress president Bhikhabhai Rabari and minority community leader Moin Reffai.