An indefinite curfew was clamped on the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Friday (23 November) following widespread violence sparked by an attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
An indefinite curfew was clamped on the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Friday (23 November) following widespread violence sparked by an attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The curfew was lifted for two hours on Sunday (25 November) in the city's predominantly Moslem areas, and according to police five people were stabbed. The Press Trust of India, however, reported the figure at twenty-nine. Despite the renewed violence, police said the curfew would be relaxed again this week.
SYNOPSIS: The trouble erupted in the old city area of Hyderabad when two groups clashed. Mobs went on a looting and arson spree when some shopkeepers refused to join a protest strike called by local Moslem leaders, to protest the attack on the Mosque in Mecca.
On Saturday night (24 November) army troops were put on the alert to aid the police, if trouble continued.
Thirteen hundred people were reported to have been arrested and about one hundred people injured, including several wounded when police opened fire on the rioters. Two deputy Commissioners of Police, three Inspector and several patrolmen sustained injuries in stone throwing incidents.
The trouble started after prayers on Friday (23 November) in a local mosque.
More than one hundred cases of arson were reported. This Hindu temple was one of the targets, as students and other rioters went on a burning spree.
It was badly damaged before the curfew was imposed.
The curfew was lifted next day for two hours to allow people to do their shopping in the stores that remained intact. But fresh violence saw more casualties. Local authorities refer to the rioters as misguided miscreants, but police were given a shoot-on-sight order against arsonists and other law-breakers.
The Press Trust of India said a police station had also been attacked and arms and ammunition stolen.
Police on foot and in vehicles are patrolling the Old City to enforce the curfew.