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The Indian Herald

March 12, 2009

Two die in police firing in Varanasi

Two persons died when the police fired at a group of protesting Muslims in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Over a dozen other persons were injured in the incident.

The trouble began when colour was splashed at the wall of a mosque in Bazardih locality of Varanasi on the occasion of Holi. Angry Muslims gathered near Gausia Masjid and raised slogans.

The Hindus in the neighbouring locality also gathered and both sides had a confrontation with stones hurled against each other. The police rushed to the spot and fired shots, causing the death of two persons.

The dead were identified as Shafiq and Moin. Police said that they fired to control the mob. The situation remained tense and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were enforced. Curfew was however not imposed.

Communal riots were reported in several parts of the country in the two days. One person died in Mahidpur town in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) when the police fired at a mob on Id Miladun Nabi.

In UP's Bareilly, one person died while there was a clash between Muslims and police in Lucknow also. Holi fell a day after Miladun Nabi causing tension and Hindu-Muslim clashes at various places in the country.

TIH Bureau

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