December 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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Fresh clashes in Vadodara
Vadodara, December 25
The police tonight fired in the air and lobbed several teargas shells to disperse members of two communities indulging in stone pelting while one person was killed and two were injured in communal violence in the city last night. Additional police commissioner P.C. Thakur said tension gripped the Panjarigar area when rival groups indulged in stone pelting, forcing the police to open one round of fire. “The situation in both the areas was under control and peaceful”, he added. He said one person was stabbed to death and two others were injured last night in the Navapura area of the city.
Krishnagar (W Bengal), December 25
At least six persons, including the head priest of a church, were injured when a gang of miscreants hurled bombs inside the premises during a Christmas mass at Malipota in Nadia district last night. The police said about 35 armed miscreants, who stormed into the prayer hall of the protestant church under Chapra police station on the India-Bangladesh border, looted money from the church safe, some wrist watches and other valuables from the devotees.
Nizamabad, December 25
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu today said that his party’s support to the Vajpayee government would continue as long as the BJP follows the NDA agenda. “There will be no change in the Telugu Desam Party’s stand as long as the BJP follows the NDA agenda,” Mr Naidu replied when asked to react on the BJP’s Hindutva agenda.