May 28, 2006

Hindus, Muslims clash in India’s Gujarat state

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - At least 30 people were hurt
in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the western Indian
city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state, witnesses and police said.

Police official B.C. Modi said hundreds of people were
involved in the fighting, and that most of the injuries were
caused by stones or burning missiles.

The violence in Ahmedabad follows Hindu-Muslim riots in
Vadodara city, also in Gujarat state, early this month which
killed six people and left scores wounded.

Gujarat, ruled by India's main opposition Hindu nationalist
Bharatiya Janata Party, saw widespread communal rioting in 2002
which left over 1,000 people, mainly minority Muslims, dead.
Human rights groups said the toll was more than double that.