Death of Jain monks sparks violent outbursts across Gujarat Harish Joshi, TNN Jan 2, 2013 Bharuch: Wide spread protests have been reported following the mowing
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Death of Jain monks sparks violent outbursts across Gujarat
Harish Joshi, TNN Jan 2, 2013
Bharuch: Wide spread protests have been reported following the mowing
down of two Jain monks by a truck near Asuria village located nine
kilometres from Bharuch on Tuesday. Stone pelting on the police and
subsequent lathi charge took place during their Palkhi Yatra in Bharuch
on Wednesday. More than 10,000
people from the Jain community across the state gathered in Bharuch to
attend the cremation of the two monks. The route of the Palkhi Yatra of
monks Shri Gyanshekhar Vijay Maharaj and Shri Hastigiri Maharaj Sahib
was to begin at 9 am from Srimali Pole Jain Temple in Bharuch to the
place where the accident had taken place. However, the route was changed
following insistence by the police that was protested by the community
The yatra reached Zadeshwar Chowkdi on the highway
causing a massive traffic jam. Efforts were made by Inspector General of
Police Shashikanth Trivedi, Superintendent of Police Gautam Parmar, MP
Mansukh Vasava along with MLAs Dushyant Patel and Arunsinh Rana to
maintain calm but they went in vain.
Some miscreants started pelting stones on the police and the latter resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
The yatra eventually reached the spot of the accident late in the afternoon where the bodies of both the monks were cremated.
Ajitbhai R Mehta of Jain Monk Vihar Group based in Surat said, "We
demand a thorough investigation in the accidental deaths of the monks
which we believe is premeditated. We condemn the attitude of the police.
Instead of beating innocent people who came to attend the cremation of
respected monks they need to investigate the killing of saints who
spread the message of peace and harmony in the society." He said that
more than 40 monks have been killed in road accidents in the last five
Meanwhile, reports of protests by community members have also poured in from Vadodara, Navsari, Ankleshwar and other places.
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