More Hindu-Muslim Riots in ‘Secular’ India
- From: Arun Bansi <arunbansi@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:10:52 -0700 (PDT)
Curfew follows Hyderabad riots
Indian police have imposed a curfew in the southern city of Hyderabad
after three days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims
The violence, which was reportedly triggered by arguments over
decorations for a religious festival, has left at least one person
dead and scores injured.
"One man was stabbed to death and many more were injured in street
battles," AK Khan, Hyderabad Police Commissioner, said on Tuesday .
"We have imposed a curfew on parts of the city because we did not want
the situation to escalate."
The clashes were reported to have started late on Saturday, with gangs
attacking religious places, houses, shops and vehicles after some
Hindus tried to replace green Muslim flags with their saffron banners.
More than 100 people were arrested as the violence spread through the
predominantly Muslim "old city" of Hyderabad, with crowds pelting each
other with stones at each other near the Charminar mosque.
Five mosques and one Hindu temple were damaged, police said.
About 1,800 paramilitary personnel were deployed to help the police,
who used rubber bullets, teargas shells and baton-charges to disperse
the mobs and to bring the situation under control.
"These people here are damaging vehicles, beating women, what sort of
humanity is this, in which religion is it written to beat others,"
Durga Prasad, an advocate of Andhra Pradesh high court, said.
"There is no humanity left here and people are behaving like animals
and not like humans."
Police remained alert on Tuesday as the festival, celebrating the
birth of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, got under way.
Hyderabad has a population of eight million, nearly 40 percent of them
It has historically suffered from communal tensions which have been
increased since the proposed division of the Andhra Pradesh state.
Hyderabad, home to Indian headquarters of Google and Microsoft, has
attracted major investment from global information technology and
pharmaceuticals firms, and is a symbol of India's emerging economy.
Frequent strikes as well as road and rail blockades have caused
widespread disruption to businesses in the last year.
Analysts say the turmoil has created a sense of uncertainty among
investors, though social networking group, Facebook, chose the city in
March for its first office in India.
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