Hindu-Muslim Clashes Kill 4 in India

October 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press


Clashes between Hindus and Muslims in a western Indian town left at least four people dead and 80 injured, forcing police to impose a curfew, an official said Monday.

The violence erupted Sunday when some Muslims tore up posters put up by a Hindu group near their shops in Dhule, a town 170 miles northeast of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, police officer Jeet Patel said.

Local Muslims objected to the posters, which urged Hindus to wake up following a series of bomb blasts across Hindu-majority India. A group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for some of the bombings.

Muslims and Hindus attacked each other with stones and burned several shops, homes and vehicles in the area, Patel said.