India Death Toll at 20 in Hindu-Muslim Strife

NEW DELHI, India, APRIL 22, 2002 ( Two days of Hindu-Muslim clashes in the western state of Gujarat have left 20 dead and more than 100 injured, the Associated Press reported.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry

Several neighborhoods in Ahmadabad, the state´s main city, were under siege today as Hindus and Muslims clashed and set houses and businesses on fire.

The renewed violence paralyzed India´s Parliament, as lawmakers assailed the fragile coalition government for failing to end the unrest, CNN reported.

Two Muslim men were killed in Ahmadabad today. One was stabbed by a Hindu throng and the other was stoned by a mob, police said.

Those killed Sunday included 10 Muslims, when police fired into a swelling crowd on the Hindu festival of Ramnavami. Eight other people were killed in clashes between the two groups, including at least three Hindus, AP said.

At least 91 people were seriously injured Sunday with burns and bullet wounds, police said.

The death toll from India´s worst religious rioting in a decade now stands at 853. The strife started Feb. 27 when Muslims set fire to a train carrying Hindus activists returning from a pilgrimage.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry


Support ZENIT

If you liked this article, support ZENIT now with a donation