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13 held after clashes in Vadodara during procession to mark Ayodhya consecration | Ahmedabad News

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Thirteen of the 16 accused booked for attempt to murder in a Shobha Yatra stone-pelting case in Vadodara’s Bhoj village on Monday were arrested Wednesday. The procession was held to mark the Ram Mandir huge consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.

The Vadodara rural police have also formed teams to search for the three other accused who are at large.

The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the rural police as well as the Special Operations Group (SOG) nabbed the 13 accused who have been booked in the FIR lodged at the Vadu police station. The FIR states that eight people were injured in the incident which was “a criminal conspiracy intended to kill persons belonging to the Hindu community participating in the Shobha Yatra”.

According to the police, tension flared up in the village around 4 pm when the Shobha Yatra passed through the Nagina Masjid lane, where youth from different communities indulged in a heated exchange of words and stones were pelted. Vadodara Superintendent of Police Rohan Anand told The Indian Express that members of the Hindu community, who organised the yatra, had also filed a complaint at Vadu police station against unidentified persons for “removing religious flags” put up at the temple ahead of the Shobha Yatra on January 18, prompting the police to beef up security for Monday’s Shobha Yatra.

A police constable was also injured in the incident, it stated. It has identified the 16 accused — all residents of Bhoj village — and has mentioned 10 other yet-to-be-identified people who were part of the mob that attacked the Shobha Yatra participants.

The 13 arrested between 18 and 40 years of age, police said.

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They have been booked under IPC sections for attempt to murder (307), criminal conspiracy [120(b)], unlawful assembly (143), member of unlawful assembly armed with a deadly weapon likely to cause death (144), rioting (147), offence committed by every member of unlawful assembly in prosecution of common object (149), deliberate and malicious acts, that are intended to outrage religious feelings (295A), rioting (147), rioting armed with deadly weapons (148), assaulting or obstructing public servant when suppressing riot (152), promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (153A), voluntarily causing hurt (323), voluntarily causing hurt by the use of a dangerous weapon or means (324), mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (427), utters any obscene words [294(B)], and statements conducing public mischief [505(A)].

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