Tension in Vadodara amid Navratri festivities and Muharram tazias
20, Oct 2015
The incident occurred shortly before midnight Saturday when a tazia procession crossed Mandvi to head towards Fatehpura.
Written by Aditi Raja | Vadodara | Published:October 19, 2015 3:13 am
The old city area of Vadodara witnessed minor communal tension Saturday night as the Muslim community’s tazia processions began, ahead of Muharram, coinciding with the Navratri celebrations in the area’s narrow bylanes. While no rioting occurred, additional security forces have been deployed to ensure peace and calm in the communally-sensitive walled city.
The incident occurred shortly before midnight Saturday when a tazia procession crossed Mandvi to head towards Fatehpura. Some miscreants tore apart the hoardings and banners of Navratri sponsors of sheri garbas installed on the roads, leading to a minor tension between two communities. As groups of both communities gathered to take each other on, police intervention in time prevented a clash. Communal undercurrents have prevailed in the area over the last few days as tazia processions are coinciding with Navratri celebrations. Police officers said the presence of a large number of people on the streets, from both communities, is the reason for the friction.