Curfew imposed after Hindu-Muslim clashes in Indian city

By AFP
Published: October 25, 2012
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At least nine people including one policeman were injured as vehicles were set alight and shops damaged. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

At least nine people including one policeman were injured as vehicles were set alight and shops damaged. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

LUCKNOW: Police imposed a curfew Thursday after Hindu-Muslim clashes during the Indian festival season in the state of Uttar Pradesh, near where deadly religious riots flared 20 years ago.

The curfew was clamped on parts of Faizabad city following communal violence over the immersion of Hindu idols in a river on Wednesday to mark the festival of Durga Puja.

Officers used tear gas and fired live rounds in the air to control the fighting. At least nine people including one policeman were injured as vehicles were set alight and shops damaged.

Faizabad is next to Ayodhya, home to the Babri mosque that was razed in 1992 by Hindu zealots. Subsequent riots killed more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, in some of the worst sectarian violence since Indian independence.

“My government will hunt down people out to disrupt the communal harmony in the state,” Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters in the state capital Lucknow.

At least 12 people have been killed in the last seven months in inter-religious violence in Uttar Pradesh, raising fears that tensions between Hindus and Muslims are increasing in the state.

“Additional police and paramilitary reinforcements have been rushed to the areas where clashes were reported,” senior police officer Badri Prasad Singh told AFP.

Hindus say the Babri mosque was built by the Mughal emperor Babur on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu warrior god Ram.

The drive to build a Ram temple on the ruins of the razed mosque remains a policy of the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to national prominence over the Ayodhya issue.

The curfew closed all schools until further notice and many temples were shut during the day.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Indian Wisdom
    Oct 25, 2012 - 9:29PM

    Unfortunate!!

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  • Khatti Saima AKA Headless Ladybug
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:20PM

    where are the neighbors now?

    Silence is deafening.

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  • As usual
    Oct 25, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Unfortunate . Hunt down the clash initiators , whoever be it. Punish it so sever that people of such mentality would tremble before thinking such scene . In 2012 India , this is unacceptable .Thanks to solution of court for the Mosque issue .Everyone has to accept it .

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  • Pakistani baba
    Oct 25, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Imagine comments count, if this happened in Pakistan

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  • Thinker
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:42AM

    Latest investigations have proved that there is no sign of temple underneath Baburi Mosque.

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  • Singh
    Oct 26, 2012 - 7:42AM

    @Thinker: Please can you write who did the investigation. Rehman Malik or you?

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  • Bee
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:46AM

    There are 50,000 children missing in India as well….but no reports on that!!!

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  • usman786
    Oct 26, 2012 - 11:06AM

    I meet various indian muslims at Umra who were content with hindu- muslim harmony. It seems its the shiv shina mind set which creates trouble to win hindu votes. Similary they also negate peace to become economic block. But then who will buy arm made in west

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