One dead, 14 injured as extremist Hindus ransack Muslim village in Gujarat
GUJARAT, India – One person was killed and about 14 injured when a crowd of about 5,000 people attacked Muslim residents and set dozens of homes and vehicles on fire at Vadavali village in Patan district on Saturday.
The attack was carried out on the pretext of a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Gujarat. Hindu students had complained of misbehaviour by Muslim students, said KK Nirala, the district’s top administrative official.
Extremist Hindus had killed thousands of Muslims in the state in 2002.
Modi was chief minister at the time and he was accused of turning a blind eye to one of the worst outbreaks of religious violence.
Nirala said the situation had been brought under control and three companies of the State Reserve Police have been asked to stay in the village to maintain peace. –Reuters