As the focus is on the tense situation in Delhi following the rioting triggered by Islamists, reports have emerged from Gujarat about Hindus under attack from Muslims mobs who have gone on a rampage in the ‘sensitive’ Akbarpura & other areas of the coastal town of Khambat, Anand district. The area witnessed large scale riots which left 13 persons injured and close to 30 shops and houses set on fire on Sunday afternoon.
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According to sources, the rioting mob also set 25 vehicles including auto-rickshaws, two-wheelers and bicyles ablaze besides resorting to hours of stone-pelting and acid bulb attacks in rioting that lasted for several hours together. The rioting began at around 1.30 PM and continued to gather steam as the local police found it hard to contain the violence even after firing about 30 tear gas shells, and Rapid Action Force (RAF) had to be deployed to control the situation.
On Tuesday, Hindu organisations called for a strike condemning the violence, arson and rioting unleashed by Muslim goons against Hindus. They demanded stern action against the perpetrators. Most schools, shops and colleges remained closed in solidarity with the call for bandh by Hindu organisations.
As per police constable Dharmendrasinh Bhimsinh, Hindu houses were targeted by Muslim mobs in Bhasarvad area. Besides Akbarpura and Bhasarvad, Pith Bazar and Lal Darwaza saw Muslim mobs going on a rampage selectively targeting Hindus. Hindu temples were vandalised and houses of Hindus were also set ablaze in Kajiwad, Panch Hatdi, Dadiba, Tran Limdi etc.
Local MP from Anand, Mitesh Rameshbhai Patel visited the riot-stricken areas on Sunday evening, held meetings with the police officials and informed the government about the ground situation.
It has been learnt that four FIRs have been filed some of those involved in the rioting who have been identified include Sarfaraz Khan alias Bablu Yusuf Pathan, Sohail alias Kanto Sarfaraz Saiyad, Safdar Hussain, Zahir Hussain, Sheikh Muhammad Hanif alias Barfan Sheikh, Mohsin Khan alias Chor Yusuf Khan Pathan, Moinuddin Gulam, Hussain Badshah, Moinuddin Badruddin Sheikh.
As per deshgujarat.com, 15,000 Hindus gathered at Sardar Tower in the town and demanded protection from administration. People demanded imposition of disturbed area act in Khambhat, setting up of permanent police points at places where Hindus are often attacked by Muslim mobs – i.e. bus station, Juma mosque, Pirojpur, power house etc, protection of Hindu temples, end to police harassment of Hindus (especially Chunara and Koli community youths) whenever communal clashes occur in town, compensation for damages suffered.
Dainik Bhaskar reports that agitated Hindus raised slogans against the local MLA Maheshbhai Raval and the corporation head. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has said that Disturbed Area Act will soon be implemented in Khambat as per demands of local people.
The Disturbed Area Act mandates that sale or purchase of property in the area where the Act is in force has to be first approved by the district administration. Local Hindus have said that anti-social elements in Muslim community were looking to drive minority Hindus away from Muslim-dominated localities through harassment and purchase of Hindu property.
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