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Communal violence in Ahmedabad, 4 injured

PTI

Friday 7 November 2003

AHMEDABAD: In a fresh communal flare up in Gujarat, four people, including a police inspector, were injured and a scooter was torched when members of two communities, using sharp-edged weapons, clashed here on Friday morning.

Preliminary reports indicated the violence in communally sensitive Shah Alam area was sparked by an altercation between members of the two communities in the wee hours, police said.

Two persons were injured when they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons, they said, adding the remaining two, including the police inspector, were wounded in heavy-stone throwing by members of the two communities. The police inspector was discharged after first aid while the rest were admitted to different hospitals.

The situation was totally under control and vehicles were plying as usual in the area, police said.

They said the exact cause of violence would be known only after recording statements of the injured.

On November 2, three people were killed and 40 injured in communal clashes in Virangam town, some 70 km from here, prompting imposition of curfew on the city.

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