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No arrests have been made yet, the police said.

Vadodara:

Stones were thrown at two Ram Navami processions in Gujarat’s Vadodara city on Thursday, police said, adding that some persons were injured in one of the incidents. While the first incident took place near Panjrigar mohalla in Fatehpura area in the afternoon, the second took place in nearby Kumbharwada in the evening.

The procession that came under attack in Panjrigar mohalla had been organised by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). The other procession had been organised by local residents.

Local BJP MLA Manisha Vakil was part of the procession which came under attack in Kumbharwada.

“When the `shobha yatra‘ (procession) was passing peacefully, some people suddenly started throwing stones at us. Some women who were part of the procession got injured. Police are trying their best to maintain law and order. Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi called me and took a stock of the situation on the ground,” said Vakil.

Videos of the incident showed people running for shelter after stone pelting began. A chariot carrying a Ram idol was pulled away to a safe location.

Some of the injured told reporters that stones came from nearby terraces.

City police commissioner Shamsher Singh visited Kumbharwada area after the incident.

“We will nab everyone who was involved in stone-pelting. We have CCTV footage,” he told reporters.

Earlier in the afternoon, stones were thrown at a VHP-organised Ram Navami procession when it was passing through Fatehpura area.

While some vehicles got damaged, no one was injured and the procession passed ahead along its planned route under police protection, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Yashpal Jaganiya.

Jaganiya and other senior police officials rushed to the spot upon learning about the incident.

A Bajrang Dal leader claimed that police were nowhere to be seen when the incident took place, but the DCP denied it.

“The situation is under control. The (Fatehpura) incident took place when the procession reached near a mosque and people started gathering there. This is not a communal riot. We dispersed the crowd and the procession went ahead on its route. All such processions in the city had already been given police protection,” Jaganiya told reporters.

Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Ninama also reached the spot and ordered deployment of additional force to maintain peace.

“We have deployed armed men from regular police, crime branch, SOG (Special Operation Group) and State Reserve Police Force. As of now, there are no reports of anyone getting injured in the stone pelting. We have ordered an inquiry,” he said.

No arrests have been made yet, he added.

Vadodara Bajrang Dal president Ketan Trivedi claimed that the stone-pelting was part of a conspiracy.

“This procession is targeted almost every year. Despite knowing that, there was no police deployment in the area. Stones were pelted as part of a pre-planned conspiracy,” he said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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