Based on directives of the Anand district collectorate, the local administration in the coastal town started removing bushes, thick vegetation and tin and wooden cabins in Sakarpura area, the locality where stone-pelting had started during the Ram Navami procession. Six policemen were injured in the riots.
In Madhya Pradesh, bulldozers and JCB machines had on Monday demolished more than 50 homes and shops of those accused of involvement in rioting on Ram Navami.
Police had said on Wednesday that the violence was a “pre-planned conspiracy” hatched by a “sleeper module”. Eleven people have been arrested for alleged involvement in the conspiracy, which the police said was planned to foment violence and “teach” members of the majority community “a lesson” so that they do not take out any procession in future.
“We have issued orders to remove all illegal encroachments. The miscreants had used the bushes and thick vegetation to attack the procession. The encroachments are being removed from government land based on government records. These are those encroachments that had come up on government land and against which notices were already issued in the past,” Anand collector M Y Daxini said, adding that carts and stalls also are being removed to free government land. Friday’s drive started from Sakarpura area and the district administration said it would continue for the next couple of days.
As news of the razing in Khambhat spread, memes began to be circulated on social media platforms. One of them showed photos of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel labelled as “Trimurti”.
According to police, some of the accused had intentionally started heated arguments with the organisers of the procession while led music was being played. When the police began to try and resolve the issue, a group of other accused suddenly started to throw stones, they said.