6 die as clash breaks out over Panchayat poll in Gujarat

Police waiting for bodies. Source: NDTV

Six people were killed in a clash in Gujarat’s Kutch district after a dispute over village panchayat elections.

  • Six persons were killed and four injured when two families clashed over a dispute
  • 4 others have been injured and were taken to hospital
  • Dispute was regarding panchayat elections that were held 2 years ago

Six persons were killed and four injured when members of two families clashed over a dispute related to a local election held two years ago, in Chhasra village of Mundra taluka in Kutch late on Tuesday night.

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“Members of two families came face to face late last night due to an old dispute after the election to Chhasra village panchayat. In the violence, four persons of one group were killed while two from the other,” superintendent of police of Kutch (west), MS Bharada.

Two persons were injured in the incident. One of them was admitted to a local hospital, while the other, who received serious head injuries, was shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad, the senior police official said.

The victims were identified as Bharat Chavda, his brother Mangal and cousin brothers Chetan and Bhargav. The victims from the other group were identified as sarpanch Sakina’s son Abid (24) and her father-in-law Adam (86). Bharat’s younger brother Ritesh (23) and cousin Atul, as well as sarpanch Sakina and her husband Arab (48), were injured in the clash

 

Police at the incident spot. Source: Times of India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SP said the incident did not have any communal overtones. “The clash was between two families only and it did not deteriorate into a clash between two communities. After the clash, both sides rushed the injured to hospital. There has been no further violence,” he said.

“The situation is under control in the village. Inspector general of police of border range and other officers are camping in the village. A company of SRP has also been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure,” added Bharada.

 

The SP said that sarpanch’s family had decided to conduct the funeral of their two members in Bhuj while the four from the other group were likely to be cremated in Chhasra village later on Wednesday.