Three persons were killed and at least 10 others were injured in the clashes between two communities in and around Hansot town of Bharuch district on Thursday, police said.
“The situation is now under control as we have called in extra force. We are keeping a close watch,” said Bharuch superintendent of police Bipin Ahire.
While one person died on the spot, two died at a hospital in Surat during the treatment. Ten persons were being treated at hospitals in Hansot, Bharuch and Surat, police said.
The clashes began following a scuffle between two groups over catching the kites in nearby Ambeta village during Makarsankranti celebrations today, said Ahire.
“This incident sparked tension in Ambeta and Hansot. People pelted stones. We also learnt that some shops were burnt down,” he said.
According to local police, the tension started when a boy, belonging to the minority community, was thrashed by a youth for catching the kites in Ambeta village this morning.
Soon, clashes also erupted in Hansot. According to police, religious places and shops were targeted.
Police fired rounds of teargas shells to disperse the mob.
Police as well as the State Reserve Police personnel have been deployed in strength in both the places.