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Gujarat: Tension in Jambusar
December 12, 2002 20:52 IST
Communal violence erupted on Thursday in the sensitive Tankaribhagal locality of Jambusar town in Gujarat's Bharuch district prompting police to open fire to disperse stone-pelting mobs and impose indefinite curfew soon after polling ended for the assembly elections in the state.
Trouble broke out over a petty issue after some people tried to break the queue at a polling booth in the area, police said.
The mobs set afire two shops and two handcarts of tea vendors and resorted to arson and stone pelting in which three persons sustained injuries, Bharuch district Superintendent of Police A V Vasava said.
When teargas shells proved ineffective, police fired 15 rounds in the air to disperse the mobs. No one was injured in the police firing and the situation was under control, Vasava said.
Earlier, police had burst teargas shells to quell a crowd that tried to capture a booth in the town.
Director General of Police K Chakravarthy told PTI that additional reinforcements have been rushed to Jambusar from Bharuch and the situation is under control.
The DGP said that barring some incidents in Patan and Anand, the election process was peaceful.
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