Five injured in Holi clash at Gujarat village

March 23rd, 2008 - 11:55 am ICT by admin  

Palanpur (Gujarat), March 23(IANS) Holi revellers attacked members of a minority community in a village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, sparking a clash that left five injured, police said Sunday. A group of Muslims from Mazagar village, travelling by jeep, were stopped by an unruly mob of Holi revellers, said Vipul Agarwal, Banaskantha district police chief Vipul Agarwal. The incident took place on a road 15 km from here.

The mob demanded money from the group, which included women, and threatened to splatter them with colours if they did not pay up.

When the group refused to oblige, the angry mob threw colours at them and damaged the vehicle, breaking its glass panes.

After reaching their village, they complained about the incident and a group of men from Mazagar reached the spot where the incident took place.

They were attacked by the same mob, who beat them with sticks and threw stones at them, Agarwal said, adding that five people were injured in the clash.

The injured were admitted to hospital and were identified as Maulvi Sajjidvali, Usmanbhai, Ayubbhai, Abdul Rashid and Abbasbhai.

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