By Abdul hafiz lakhani Ahmedabad
18 Aug 2017 Aamna Samna Media Gujrat News Bureau
The victims have alleged that the incident had its roots in an altercation and a clash that had taken place last week over sexual harassment of a girl in the village. Separate offences for sexual harassment and rioting between members of different community were registered at that time.
Deputy superintendent of police V R Bajpai said that attempts were being made to bring the two communities together. The district administration is also cooperating with the police in these efforts.
“The village has Hindu and Muslim community members staying in close vicinity. If one looks at the incidents of trouble there, they are due to petty issues,” Bajpai said. Last year, two incidents of rioting took place in Eral in May and June over petty reasons. In 2002, seven persons were killed and two women were raped in the village. Ismail Sheikh, a resident of Eral, said that there were a handful of persons who were responsible for the trouble at the village.
“The atmosphere was vitiated on Thursday and we were not feeling safe here,” he said. The village has witnessed a massacre in the 2002 riots but calm returned and there were no major incidents after it.