WC 2003 - India~~s victory sparks off violence in parts of Gujarat

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2003, 5:59 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: City police opened five rounds of fire in the air and burst teargas shells to quell rampaging mobs that resorted to heavy stone throwing and arson in several sensitive parts after India's six-wicket victory over archrivals Pakistan in World Cup on Wednesday. At least half a dozen persons in city, including an assistant commissioner of police, were injured in stone pelting as reports of arson and stone throwing also came in from Vadodara where three scooters were set ablaze by unruly mobs in Moghul restaurant locality of Wadi area. A scooter was also torched in Bhaicentre locality of Shahpur area. Skirmishs between two communities were also reported from sensitive Bapunagar and Gomtipur areas. Jubilant crowds celebrated nation's victory by bursting crackers and huge processions shouting anti-Pakistan slogans resulting in heavy traffic jam and prompting police to use mild force to control people spilling onto roads. Additional commissioner of police (Sector 1), Satish Sharma told that situation was totally under control in sensitive areas and patrolling was intensified. People from both communities were celebrating India's victory but some mischief mongers started pelting stones that vitiated the situation, Sharma added. PTI

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