Peace returns to Gujarat - as nine killed in fresh violence

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  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 09:33:04 +0100

AHMEDABAD/VADODARA: Hours after chief minister Narendra Modi claimed in
Mumbai on Saturday that Gujarat was returning to normal, violence broke
out in many parts of the state late in the night claiming at least nine
lives. 

The incidents come four days prior to Prime Minister Vajpayee’s
scheduled visit to the state amid frantic attempts by the government to
show a semblance of normal functioning. Meanwhile, Modi has arrived in
Delhi following a summon by the PM. 

The toll in the riots and violence in the state since February 28 has
risen to 800. Violence has claimed 325 lives in Ahmedabad alone. 

The most vicious clashes were reported in the labour-dominated Gomtipur
in which at least three persons were killed and 18 injured. Deaths in
communal clashes overnight were also reported from Kadi in Mehsana
district and Khambhat and Petlad in Anand. 

There were reports that at least two persons were still missing in
Gomtipur and this could trigger more violence on Sunday evening. 

In the Gomtipur area of Ahmedabad, violence was reported from 10 pm
onwards and the frenzy continued till well past midnight when Army
columns were called in. Heavy stone-throwing, firing and arson were
reported from the area. 

Miscreants also set ablaze houses and shops in Samsherbagh on Nagri Mill
Road and other areas like Mohanlal ni Chawl, Jhulta Minara, Sutharwada
and Hauz Wali Masjid. 

Source:  The Times of India 

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