Thursday, April 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations: Rally turns stormy, 14 booked

Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations: Rally turns stormy, 14 booked

TNN, Apr 14, 2010, 10.47pm IST

RAJKOT: A massive rally taken out by followers of Dr B R Ambedkar here
on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Wednesday turned awry when
some anti-social elements allegedly started pelting stones at police
officials who were on bandobast duty. Fourteen persons were booked for
rioting, of which 12 were arrested by evening.

According to police, the participants of the rally were walking
peacefully till they reached the civil hospital cross-roads where a
statue of Dr Ambedkar has been instituted. At that point, some persons
from the rally allegedly started pelting stones at police. They also
alleged that the miscreants tried to vandalise property on the

"There was a tussle between some of the persons in the rally. When the
policemen on duty tried to intervene, they, in turn, started hitting
the police and pelting stones. Soon, about 14 persons got together and
turned the situation stormy," a police official said.

Police had to resort to using tear gas shells and lathi charge to
disperse the mob and bring the situation under control.

Police officials arrested at least, 12 including Rami Parmar, 19, the
leader of the mob. Police also alleged that some among the mob were

According to A division police station officials, the accused have
been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Codes including
Section 332, 186 147, 188 among others. Moreover, the hospital
cross-roads is major cross section for in-coming and out going traffic
in the city, which got disrupted due to the riot-like situation.

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