In India, the worst clashes in between hindus and Moslems in town of Jamshedpur, have left more than one hundred people dead.
In India, the worst clashes in between hindus and Moslems in town of Jamshedpur, have left more than one hundred people dead. Fighting broke out last Wednesday (11 April) after Moslems objected to a Hindu religious procession passing through their area of town.
SYNOPSIS: Today, the town of Jamshedpur is deserted. Twenty-five thousand people have been evacuated from their homes and are being kept in camps under heavy police guard. After a week of violent clashes between Moslems and Hindu factions some sections of the town are in ruins.
Army units and police patrol the town, which is under curfew and closed to outsiders. Police have been given orders to shoot anyone who ignores the curfew.
The Chief minister of Bihar, Mr. Kapoori Thakur toured the town on Monday (15 April) to look at the damage. Earlier he had been stoned by angry onlookers. More than two hundred people are in hospital and several hundred have been arrested.
Jamshedpur houses the largest private steel plant in India, and riots were concentrated mainly in areal inhabitated by industrial workers. Production in the man plant declined by twenty-five percent and attendance in factories was down sixty percent. The Chief Minister, Mr. Thakur, appealed to political and trade union leaders to encourage people to restore peace in the town to avoid permanent damage to the economy of Bihar. But shops, banks and many businesses remained closed -- even when the curfew was lifted so people could stock up on dwindling food supplies. Meanwhile police continue to find bodies in the deserted streets.