A minor incident of bike collision triggered a clash between members of two communities in Gir-Somnath’s PrabhasPatan town on Monday night, leaving two people injured.
Police on Tuesday arrested three persons in connection with the clash. Several vehicles and some shops were damaged by the rioters belonging to different communities.
Mushtaq Malek (24), a resident of Prabhas Patan, lodged a complaint against Paresh Sarman, Ramesh Pakoda and 24 others for assault and rioting. Malek alleged that there was a collision between his and Ramesh’s bikes which resulted in a heated argument. The issue got resolved, but later members from both communities attacked each other, said police.
Dozens of people from both communities armed with sticks clashed on Monday night. As soon as the violence broke out, the main market was closed down. Police teams from Veraval and Sutrapada were called in to bring the situation under control.
Tension prevailed in the area, where there was heavy police deployment to prevent any escalation, a police official said.