Patan (Gujarat): Two persons, one of them in police firing, were killed and 10 others were left injured after a minor scuffle between two exam-going students on Saturday snowballed into rioting between two communities in Vadavali village under Chansama Police Station in Patan district of North Gujarat.
Local media reports also said that more than 40 houses, along with over two dozen vehicles parked outside, were set on fire.
"Two students - one from Thakor and the other from the Muslim community, had an altercation over a minor issue. It however soon got snowballed into clashes between the two communities", a police officer is quoted by Desh Gujarat.
Police from Patan and Mehsana rushed to the spot but with the situation threatening to spiral out of control, in-charge Director General of Police P.P. Pandey despatched Inspector General of Police, Gandhinagar to the riot-torn village to oversee matters.
More than 10 fire engines from Mehsana, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar were deployed to douse the fire in the houses and vehicles set ablaze, according to IANS which put the death toll as two.
Police carried out a baton-charge and used teargas shells to disperse the mob but the violence continued, forcing them to open fire in which one youth was killed. At least 10 people sustained injuries in stone throwing between the two groups.
“At least 15 teargas shells were lobbed to disperse the crowd that was becoming more violent. The injured have been shifted to hospital in Chanasma town,“ Assistant Superintendent of Police Parthivraj Gohil.