In the wee hours of the afternoon today, December 16, there was a minor clash between the members of the Dawoodi Bohra community, followed by public unrest in the later hours of the evening, outside the Surajpole Police Station.
Member of the two groups, Dawoodi Bohra Youth and Dawoodi Bohra Shia entered into an altercation, resulting in the arrest of three members from each of the groups.
According to sources, the incident occurred opposite the Khanjipeer shrine, on the premises where the Bohra Youth School and the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Masjid are located, when Members of the Dawoodi Bohra Youth group were putting up a sign board displaying the name of the Bohra Youth School on the newly constructed main gate, they claimed doing it only after taking the permission from the local authorities.
It was then that certain members from the other group reportedly attacked the Secretary of the Dawoodi Bohra Youth, Yusuf Ali R.G. s/o Yahya Ali and hurt him on the left eye.
He was taken to hospital by the police and after necessary care, sent back to the Police Station at Surajpole, to be detained along with the other two member of the Dawoodi Bohra Youth, Tauseef Mandiwala s/o Kamruddin and Altaf Hussain s/o Fakhruddin.
Three members from the Dawoodi Bohra Shia group were also arrested of whom two were identified as Hakimuddin s/o Kurban Hussain; Tasadduk s/o Sadiq Ali.
All six arrested were later released on bail, granted by the Magistrate, after a meeting between the Police authorities and senior members of both the groups.
A mass gathering comprising members of both the groups was seen outside the Surajpole Police Station. The crowd, which was in an agitated but controlled state, were later asked to vacate the area around the Police Station, which they did.