Angry Gowari community members damage car with heavy stones near Zero Mile

Thousands of people gathered to observe Gowari Martyrs Day

Nagpur: Tension ran high as some of the members of Gowari community, who have gathered in thousands to observe Gowari Martyrs Day on Friday, turned violent and attacked a car with heavy stones. The Gowari community members were angered over continuous traffic flow despite thousands of people had gathered at Zero Mile-based Shahid Gowari Smarak to pay their tributes.

It may be recalled that 114 Gowari community members were killed in a stampede at Morris CollegeT-pointon November23, 1994.

It is being alleged that the attackers were under the influence of liquor. As the situation threatened to flare up, teams of Sitabuldi cops rushed to the spot and brought peace. According to the Sitabuldi Police Inspector Hemant Kharabe, the Gowari community members who attacked and damaged the car have been booked.

According to information, as Gowari Martyrs Day is observed on November 23, thousands of people reach Nagpur and gather at Zero Mile-based Shahid Gowari Smarak to pay their tributes. On this day, the vehicular traffic is stopped and diverted between Variety Square and Reserve Bank Square on Tekdi Road. However, a group of Gowaris spotted a car coming from Manas Square direction towards the Zero Mile. The sight of speeding car enraged the group and it pelted heavy stones on the car damaging it severely.

The driver anyhow escaped the attack but the car suffered a major damage. Eye-witnesses informed that the attackers were under the influence of liquor and also tried to damage other vehicles. The accused even tried to manhandle a traffic cop. This led to situation turning tense but policemen handled the situation peacefully and did not resort to any forceful action. Additional police forced was called and the situation was defused. Later the vehicular traffic was stopped and diverted to prevent any untoward incident.