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Hindus and Muslims Clash in Orissa, India
on 2001/11/20 22:48:02 ( 651 reads )


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BHUBANESHWAR, INDIA, November 21, 2001: Hindus and Muslims clashed yesterday, setting fire to a dozen houses and shops in Orissa following a dispute over a plot of land said used both for human burials and grazing cows, police said. Eight people, including five Muslims and three Hindus, were injured in the clashes that occurred in Peteipur, a village 75 kilometers east of Bhubaneshwar. A temple was also damaged, said N.C. Padhi, police chief in the state. Authorities have imposed a curfew and deployed more police officers in the village. Infuriated over the damage to their temple, the Hindus carried out a demonstration that turned violent with protesters setting fire to several Muslim houses and shops, Padhi said.




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