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Rudrapur communal violence: Town under curfew, death toll four

Monday October 03, 2011 07:17:15 PM, Agencies

Dehra Dun (Uttarakhand): Indefinite curfew was imposed in Rudrapur town of Udham Singh Nagar district October 03 after four persons were killed and several injured following an alleged act of sacrilege that triggered clashes between two communities.


The violence began yesterday when Muslims protested sacrilege of Quran and soon tens of Muslim shops were torched by mobs trying to destroy Muslim business establishment in the city.


There are conflicting reports of total number of dead in the violence. Some media reports have claimed five people have died so far after the violence which broke off yesterday.


Unruly mobs set on fire five shops and scores of vehicles, Udham Singh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police G.S. Martolia said.


Locals say the violence was pre-planned and the deaths were caused following indiscriminate police firing on Muslims who were protesting the desecration of Muslims holy book, Quran.


“The situation here is very critical. The arsonists are torching Muslim shops and houses one by one. They seem to have details of Muslim business establishments and shops", a leading Urdu newspaper quoted Mohammad Nasir, a resident of Rudrapur, as saying.


"The condition is deteriorating fast rapidly. No action was taken on desecration of Holy Quran. When Muslims protested, police fired on them", he added.


Residents claimed more than three hundred people were stuck inside the Jama Masjid in the wake of violence.


In a similar incident of desecration earlier in the last month, Quran was set to fire after putting an animal’s meat on it. 

Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri described the violence as sad and asserted that anti-social elements would not be allowed to disturb communal harmony in the State.


He was monitoring the situation closely and had asked senior police officials to take stern action against miscreants, a spokesman from his office said.

He had also directed authorities to provide best medical care to the injured, the spokesman added.






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