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Dargah issue: Tension prevails in walled city

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Last updated on: May 02, 2006 15:55 IST
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The situation in Vadodara, where demolition of a 200-year-old dargah by the civic authorities on Monday had sparked widespread violence, remains tense even though police on Tuesday said that curfew may be relaxed for a couple of hours in some areas.

One person was killed in police firing and two injured in clashes in the city early Tuesday morning, taking the death toll in the violence here to five, police said. Police fired at a rioting mob at around 2 am in Moti Vohrawaad area, killing one person while two others sustained injuries in mob clashes, they said.

Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse a group of people who tried to disrupt the funeral procession of two members of a minority community, killed in Monday's police firing.

The incident occurred when relatives of the deceased were passing through the tense Fatehpura locality with the bodies for the burial, police said. Arsonists also tried to torch two scooters but police intervened and drove them away and escorted the bodies amid tight security arrangements.

Five persons have been killed in clashes and police firing since Monday following the demolition. Cremation of two other riot victims was held late Monday night amid tight security even as stray incidents of violence occurred in some localities till early this morning.

Security has been strengthened with the deployment of additional personnel of Rapid Action Force and State Reserve Police in sensitive localities of Vadodara where flag march was held on Tuesday morning.        

The dargah's demolition had resulted in clashes and police firing, claiming four lives and leaving several others injured thus forcing authorities to impose curfew in the sensitive walled city area.

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