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Gujarat bandh turns violent, one killed

AHMEDABAD, Aug 3 (PTI) A man was stabbed to death in Surat and an indefinite curfew clamped in Khed Bhrama town in Sabarkantha district following mob violence during a statewide bandh called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to protest against the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir.

The curfew was clamped in Khed Bhrama town in Sabarkantha following incidents of stone-throwing and arson. The police said three shops were set on fire.

In Surat the mob went on the rampage and set afire a Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation bus. The police burst teargas shells in Bhagal, Chauta Pool and Chawk Bazaar and the outskirts of mini Saurashtra Varacha areas in the heart of the city to disperse the rioting mob.

One person was stabbed to death and two persons were apprehended.

In Ahmedabad, incidents of stone- throwing and arson were reported from Saraspur and Sheharkotada areas, where a mob pelted stones on business establishments and set on fire three shops, the police said.

Traffic was affected in several parts of the state and schools remained closed, official sources said.

The bandh evoked a near total response in Rajkot and other parts of Saurashtra, a report from Rajkot said. 
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