Vadodara tense but peaceful

RSTV Bureau

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No untoward incident was reported in the city on Monday, which witnessed clashes between two communities over the last four days, but the situation remained tense amid a large police-presence.

Violence erupted in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura and Kumbharvada in the city on Thursday over some derogatory posts about a religion on a social networking site.

There were incidents of stone-pelting, looting, arson and stabbing, mostly in the old city which has a mixed population.

However, no violence was reported today, police said.

Authorities have deployed 13 companies of state reserve police and one company each of BSF, CRPF and Rapid Action Force. Six senior IPS officers who have served in Vadodara in the past have also been stationed in the city.

Police have arrested around 100 persons so far.

Police sources said some inspector-rank officers were transferred within the city to ensure that more competent officers were present to handle the situation in the areas affected by the violence.

To control rumours in the city after two days of rioting, the city police has ordered mobile service providers to discontinue mobile internet services for three days beginning Saturday morning. The decision came as a surprise to most citizens and to many it meant inconvenience in business.

Meanwhile, Vadodara police commissioner E Radhakrishnan said that police had provided enough security to ensure safety of Navratri revellers at various Garba events in the city.

Communal violence had exploded in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura and Kumbharvada on Thursday after some pejorative posts about a religion were put on social networking site Facebook.