With more than 150 people dead after five days of religious riots, many centres in northern India remained tense and under strict curfew.
GV Deserted street in Moradabad, India
GV Damaged buildings are rubble in streets (2 shots)
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SV & GV Smashed and burned out shops (5 shots)
SV & GV Shoes from looted shop littering street
GV Wrecked shop front and rubble in street pan empty street with police patrolling
SV & GV Riot police in patrol in Moradabad market (3 shots)
SV Police on guard and BSF officer talking to local people (2 shots)
GV Police patrolling streets
SV Police officers with two arrested men from whom they had taken a knife
GV BSF forces patrolling in trucks (2 shots)
GV Deserted streets (3 shots)
GV Delhi City showing Chawri bazaar back to normal (2 shots)
SVs Traders selling produce and people walking in streets (5 shots)
SV Traders closing shops for curfew (2 shots)
GV Security forces patrolling streets of Delhi (2 shots)
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Background: With more than 150 people dead after five days of religious riots, many centres in northern India remained tense and under strict curfew. Most of the victims died in the city of Moradabad where violence erupted on Wednesday (13 August) after pigs, regarded as unclean animals by Moslems, were reported to have been let loose near a mosque.
SYNOPSIS: By Sunday (17 August), Moradabad was deserted, the population banned from the streets by a strict curfew order. But it was in Moradabad, in the Moslem-dominated state of Uttar Pradesh that the violence began. The pigs which were seen near a mosque on Wednesday were said to have been deliberately let loose. Rioting Moslems clashed with police who then opened fire, killing more than twenty people. In the stampede which followed, a further 52 were crushed to death. As rioting spread to other towns in the region -- erupted in the Indian capital, Delhi -- the death toll rose to over 150 before police and paramilitary security forces managed to re-establish order
Police and troops of the Border Security Force were given orders to shoot to kill as they patrolled the streets of Moradabad on Sunday. And by the end of the day, Moradabad, an industrial city some 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Delhi, was still quiet.
A total of 388 people were arrested in the town -- including these two men who had been found armed with a knife. Police also claimed they had seized a large quantity of weapons and all arms licences in the town had been cancelled. Meanwhile emergency centres were set up to provide the half-million population with essential supplies and medical care.
Meanwhile in Delhi, the curfew was relaxed for three hours on Sunday morning to allow people to buy food and essential supplies. Shops and market traders did brisk business after being closed down for three days. Riots in the capital had ended with two people killed and 70 people, including 50 policemen, injured.
Curfew was imposed again after the three-hour respite, when security forces again turned out in force to patrol the streets of the capital. This scene was rated in a dozen more Indian towns where rioting had occurred. And the situation, although under control, is still one of tension across a large part of the nation.