The riots, which have swept through Ahmedabad and other major cities of Gujarat, also affected Bhavnagar, where Hindu-Muslim relations have always been extremely good.
Sixteen lives have been lost and many shops and workshops have been destroyed. Bhavnagar people are shattered. Such things should never happen in such a peaceful city.
We have had an e-mail from Rajoo Parekh and Dhiren Pandya, friends of Charnwood Community Link, appealing for our help in replacing the tools and kitchen utensils of "innocent poor people who are earning their daily bread these are the most affected".