12 dead in fresh Gujarat violence

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  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 19:42:29 +0100

AHMEDABAD: Twelve people, including a policeman, were killed and around
71 others injured on Sunday in fresh violence in Gujarat as Defence
Minister George Fernandes toured the riot-torn state. 

A policeman was hacked to death by a mob in the Gomtipur area of
Gujarat's commercial capital Ahmedabad and violence soon spread to the
Bapunagar and Rakhial localities, police and witnesses said. 

Eight others died in police firing in three localities of Kheda
district, police sources here said. Two people were stabbed to death,
while another died in a petrol bomb attack. Witnesses said police
refused to go to Gomtipur as they were "scared". Instead the army and
the Rapid Action Force, India's riot police, were deployed in parts of
the area where Hindu and Muslim mobs were engaged in street fights. A
curfew has been imposed in Gomtipur. 

At least 71 people were injured in clashes and from police firing in the
various violence-torn areas of the city. In overnight violence, police
opened fire on mobs involved in arson, killing two people in Kheda
district's Kapadwanj and Mehmedabad blocks. Police also fired on mobs
which set on fire 30 shops and houses in Kadi town in Mehsana district
Sunday afternoon leaving 11 injured. 

Some houses were set ablaze in Nagpurvora Chawl in Gomtipur where ten
people, including three women, were injured in clashes and two in police
firing. Police resorted to firing and bursting of teargas shells to
scare away the rioters. 

Defence Minister Fernandes arrived in Gujarat on Saturday and visited
relief camps, where some 97,000 people are languishing after losing
their homes and businesses in India's worst Hindu-Muslim riots in a
decade. 

Source:  The News

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