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We were forced to fire: Vadodara police

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | May 01, 2006 16:26 IST

Following the communal tension at Fatehpur, near the Champaner Gates in Vadodara, a large part of the old city has been placed under curfew. Two people have been killed and seven injured in the violence.

"We were forced to fireat thecrowd," said Deepak Swaroop, Vadodara city police commissioner, while talking to

While giving chronology of the events, Swaroop said, "The demolition drive has been on for the last 15 days, as per the master plan of the city. There were orders to demolish any kind of encroachment, whether it's atemple or a mosque or any illegal construction in the house of a senior officer."

He added,"As per the order,some temples, too,have beendemolished. Today it was the turn of the dargah of Rashidudin Rahimtullah, a Sufi saint." He said no-one knows exactlyhow old the dargah is but 'it has been here for many decades'.

Since the Muslim community had been agitated over the possibility of the demolitions, Swaroop had arranged meetings between Muslim leaders, the city mayor and the municipal commissioner. However, no consensus was reached and the court did not give a stay order on the demolitions.

"We were compelled to use force as a crowd of over 3000peoplegheraoed the dargah. We first used tear gas, then we lathi-charged and only then did we fire, before the demolition work was completed," he said.

When asked why he did not delay the demolition, Swaroop said, "I used to pray at a Sai Baba temple right across from my house. Even that was demolished a few days back and I could do nothing about it."

Hemant Gandhi, a resident of Vadodara who witnessed the tussle around the dargah said,"We expect more tension because there are two other dargahs on the list to be demolished and oneof them is in the middle of a road. We expect the tension to continue if the city corporation does notdelay the demolition drive."

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Sub: Vadodra violence

What is the big fuss. If a roadblock exists it must be removed irrespective of its religious hue. In the middle east this is routinely ...

Posted by Arun Kumar

Sub: Foolishness

What kind of ID**** are the corporation people to demolish something close to peoples hearts. i think they should find alternate ways and work around ...

Posted by s

Sub: Vadodara Commissioner's action cannot be justified

Dear Sir, The Police Commissioner of Vadadora should have delayed the demolition of the dargah, sensing the scrappy mood of the people.How can things be ...

Posted by J.Crispin Wesley

Sub: Demolish

Yeah accepted, no matter it Vododara, hyderabad, else where.... no matter its temple, dargah, mosque, church..... there should be limitations.... A historic temple, dargah, masjid, ...

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