Two people were killed and 10 others injured in a communal clash in Vadavali village in Gujarat’s Patan district on Saturday, PTI reported. As many as 50 houses were ransacked and set ablaze during the incident, the police said.
The incident started from a minor scuffle between students after the Class 10 board exams on Saturday. However, the altercation soon took a communal turn with members of two communities resorting to violence. The Hindu residents reportedly attacked the Muslims of the village and a 25-year-old was killed in the violence, said a report by The Indian Express.
The situation was brought under control after the police intervened. Security officials fired tear gas shells and launched baton charges at the mob. A youth was killed when the police opened fire to disperse the crowd, the agency reported.
The local administration had to use more than 10 fire engines to douse the flames in the houses set ablaze. Even though the situation has been brought under control, teams of State Reserve Police have been called in to maintain peace in the region, confirmed Director General of Police PP Pandey.
Fearing further violence, some Muslim residents of the village have fled to neighbouring villages. Several residents of the village have taken refuge at a medical college in a nearby village, The Indian Express added.