After confrontations broke out over the civic organization’s notice to demolish a mosque next to the Majewadi Gate on Friday, a mob hurled stones at police officers in Gujarat’s Junagadh district. According to reports, a civilian died as a result of being stoned.
A senior police officer claims that the mosque received a letter from the Junagadh Municipal Corporation on June 14 requesting that it show its documentation within five days as part of the organization’s anti-encroachment campaign. A high-tension drama resulted from this, and on Friday, 500–600 people gathered near Majewadi Gate to express their outrage about the notice. They were attempting to obstruct local roadways as a protest demonstration.
Once they arrived, police officers tried to talk the people out of blocking the road. This conversation lasted for almost 45 minutes. “At about 10:15 p.m., protesters began shouting and throwing stones at the police. The mob was subsequently dispersed by the police with a lathi charge, according to Junagadh Superintendent of Police Ravi Teja Vasamsetty.
#WATCH | Stones pelted, cops injured after a mob protest against the anti-encroachment drive in Gujarat's Junagadh last night
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Few police officers were hurt in the incident, including the deputy superintendent of police. 174 people have been apprehended thus far, and additional investigation is being done.