BJP, Congress workers clash in GujaratApril 30th, 2009 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS
Godhra (Gujarat), April 30 (IANS) Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress Thursday clashed at a polling booth in a Gujarat village, a clash that quickly spread to nearby Godhra, a town that witnessed communal riots in 2002.
The incident took place around 10 a.m. after the Congress workers accused the BJP workers of prodding voters to cast votes for their candidate near the polling station in Shera village. This led to a clash between the workers of the two political parties, which spread to Godhra.
A police officer said workers of both parties were injured. No arrest has been reported so far.
About 20 percent voters exercised their franchise during the first three hours of polling in all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state Thursday.
In 2002, communal riots took place after a railway coach containing Hindu activists was set on fire, allegedly by Muslims.
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