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Seven Killed in Hindu Riots in India

Thursday, 28 February 2002 12:00 AM

Irate Hindu mobs also attacked a mosque in India's western city of Ahmedabad and set government buildings and restaurants on fire. Mobs rampaged across the city, P.C. Pandey, city police commissioner, said.

Three Muslims were killed in Vadodra, two were killed in Ahmedabad and two were killed in Surat. Armed troops patrolled the streets of several cities in the region.

Troops fired in the air and hurled tear gas at crowds to try to calm the situation. "Shoot on sight" orders were issued along with a curfew for several cities.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, has called for a general strike in Gujarat and the neighboring area to protest the attack on Hindu activists.

Unidentified men stopped a Sabarmati Express train near Godhra Wednesday and set four train cars on fire. At least 58 Hindus were killed and 44 others injured.

Train passengers were returning from Ayodhya, where a new temple is planned to be built on the ruins of the destroyed Babri Mosque.

Thousands of Hindus razed the 16th-century Babri Mosque in December 1992 saying the site was the birthplace of Lord Ram. They plan to build a temple on the mosque ruins.

Muslims are opposed to the temple's construction at the site.

India is predominantly Hindu -- 82 percent of more than one billion people. It also has the world's second largest Muslim population.

Police have arrested at least 35 people in connection with the train attack.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee cancelled a visit to Australia and asked the World Hindu Council to shelve its plan to start constructing the temple at Ayodhya on March 15.

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