Sub-inspector, 11 others sent to jail for assaulting cops, rioting

A local court in Devgadh Baria sent Gopal alias Kamlesh Vahoniya, a probationary police sub-inspector with Surat city police, and 11 other suspects in judicial custody in connection with assault on police in Limkheda town of Dahod.

Vahoniya, a native of Limkheda and who was posted at Adajan police station in Surat city, was produced before a magistrate on Thursday evening by circle police inspector of Devgadh Baria Jagdish Naik and sought his remand for seven days. However, the court rejected the demand of police custody and sent Vahoniya into judicial custody.

He was arrested in the wee hours of Thursday from Surat. He is the main suspect in the case of assault on police and rioting at a garba venue in Limkheda town early on Tuesday morning. Limkheda police sub-inspector V S Vanzara had to fire in the air after a mob of 150 at the venue assaulted and injured five constables when police asked garba organisers to stop revelry at 2:30am. Vahoniya is accused of inciting the mob against police.

Meanwhile, 11 other suspect in the case were also sent to judicial custody late on Friday evening. The court rejected police plea for their custody and sent them to judicial custody. Dilip Jaiswal and four other organisers of garba at Shahtri Chawk are among the arrested persons.

Naik said he would again file application for police custody of the accused even as it was learnt that Vahoniya was to file for bail in Dahod district and sessions court.

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