Tension intensifies in Gujarat as the death toll raises to nine and several other injured in clashes during a statewide shutdown by Patel Community demanding caste-based reservation in education and jobs which was started on Tuesday.
According to Police Control room officials there is no serious violence was reported except a few stone pelting incidents.
The death toll rises to nine today after a police constable,Dilip Rathore who was injured in the clashes succumbed to death in a hospital.
There are several incidents like Riots, arson, stone-pelting and severe damages to private and public property which leads the army forces to be deployed here.
Five columns of army, including 75 in each were deployed in Ahmedabad city last night, while two each deployed in Surat, Mehsana and Rajkot today.
In view of the above school and colleges will remain close today in Ahmedabad and other cities.
Almost 133 different army companies besides Gujarat Police are engaged in controlling violence in various cities including Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Morbi, Vadodara, Mehsana and Banaskantha. Army and paramilitary forces have conducted flag marches in the turbulent localities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday have pleaded for peace and emphasized that all problems will be can be solved through talks.
“I appeal to all brothers and sisters of Gujarat that they should not resort to violence. The only ‘Mantra’ must be ‘Shanti’ (peace),” said Modi.
Several other leaders Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi have appealed for peace in the state.