One policeman injured as residents of Ahmedabad’s Shahpur pelt stones at paramilitary forces amid coronavirus lockdown

Some residents frustrated over a strict coronavirus lockdown in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, hurled stones and were met with teargas in clashes with paramilitary forces

Reuters May 09, 2020 10:16:08 IST
One policeman injured as residents of Ahmedabad’s Shahpur pelt stones at paramilitary forces amid coronavirus lockdown

Ahmedabad: Some residents frustrated over a strict coronavirus lockdown in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, hurled stones and were met with teargas in clashes with paramilitary forces on Friday.

One policeman injured as residents of Ahmedabads Shahpur pelt stones at paramilitary forces amid coronavirus lockdown

The empty Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad. AP

Authorities in the city ordered all shops, except those selling milk and medicines, to close on midnight Wednesday until 15 May, implementing a stricter lockdown than the national one in place since 25 March, in an effort to curb a rise in infections.

Clashes erupted in the Shahpur locality of Ahmedabad when police and paramilitary forces tried to enforce the lockdown, asking people to stay indoors. “Some people got agitated, and started pelting stones on the forces,” city police commissioner Ashish Bhatia told Reuters. “The police fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd. The situation is under control now,” he said.

Local television channels showed crowds chasing away the police and paramilitary teams. Bhatia said one policeman was injured and eight people had been detained.

Ahmedabad is one of the worst-hit cities in India. The city has reported more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus, accounting for about 70 percent of the total cases in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. The city has also accounted for more than three quarters of the deaths in Gujarat.

Overall, India has reported 56,342 cases, of whom at least 1,886 people have died.

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