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Tension in Panchmahals after Muslim youth, Hindu girl ‘elope’

04, Jul 2015

“We are not probing any love jihad case, but the complaint of abduction filed by the girl’s father,” said a police officer. Shops remained closed in protest
By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published on:July 4, 2015 3:15 am
Goghamba taluka of the Panchmahals district in Vadodara was tense Friday. The local traders downed shutters after protests over an alleged case of “love jihad” following a reported elopement of Mohammad Shahid Hussain Shaikh (20), with an 18-year-old girl from the Ghot Faliya in the locality. In the complaint filed by the girl’s father accusing the man of abduction, the girl too is named an accused for theft of Rs 45,000 and family gold worth Rs 38,000.
Local traders, accompanied by residents and former BJP MLA Fatehsinh Chauhan took out a protest rally carrying banners saying, “Those eyeing Hindu sisters and daughters, stop or else…” and handed over a memorandum to the police. According to the police, the tension began on Thursday evening, hours after two allegedly eloped. The girl’s father, a local barber approached the police and filed a case of abduction with the police. Locals urged the police to locate the couple, failing which, they would take to the streets.


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