Wednesday, November 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Tension grips Gujarat

Ahmedabad, November 12
Tension prevailed in parts of Gujarat today after yesterday’s violence at three places in which the toll rose to six overnight.

Tight security arrangements were in place at Rajkot in view of the third one-day international cricket match between the West Indies and India.

Describing the overall situation in the state as under control, the police said here that the curfew imposed in a small but sensitive part of Mahuda village in Kheda district since 9 p.m. last night as a precautionary measure, continued this morning.

Two persons died after being stabbed at Mahuda yesterday and a dozen-odd shops were gutted by mobs in a sequel to a minor altercation over a cricket match between groups belonging to two communities on Sunday. Another man succumbed to his injuries late last night. In Ahmedabad, a man was killed and another injured in a crude bomb blast in a scrap shop.

At Dasaj village in Mehsana district, two persons died in communal violence last night as rumours of clashes spread when some people chased a mad dog on the streets.

Following these incidents, the police had intensified vigil and started patrolling of all sensitive areas in the state.

The three incidents in Ahmedabad, Kheda and Mehsana took place yesterday even as both BJP and Congress launched their respective election campaigns and the Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh reviewed the arrangements for the elections. UNI

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