Communal Violence: Police Raid on Muslims’ Houses in 2 Separate Incidents in Gujarat
Khambat, a communally sensitive coastal town in Anand district was gripped in tension on February 24, at around 3 pm when a group of men gheraoed homes of Muslims in Akbarpura area, pelted stones, and burnt the homes down.
“Akbarpura area is a slum area flanked by bus station on one side and railway tracks on another with only one outlet. The residents of the slums are all daily wage earners who come from Machimar or Kharwa community, belonging to both [Hindu and Muslim] the religions. We don’t know why a group of about 50 men gheraoed the area, and started pelting stones, and set about eight houses ablaze,” a local eyewitness told Newsclick.
“Akbarpura is a communally sensitive area, and such clashes have happened in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Two days before the incident, people from the two communities clashed in Teen Darwaza area of Khambat over a social media post on Pulwama attack,” the eyewitness added. A Muslim youth was reportedly hit with a bullet, and is undergoing treatment in Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.…
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