Dehra Dun (Uttarakhand):
Indefinite curfew was imposed in Rudrapur town of Udham Singh
Nagar district October 03 after four persons were killed and
several injured following an alleged act of sacrilege that
triggered clashes between two communities.
The violence began yesterday when
Muslims protested sacrilege of Quran and soon tens of Muslim shops
were torched by mobs trying to destroy Muslim business
establishment in the city.
There are conflicting reports of
total number of dead in the violence. Some media reports have
claimed five people have died so far after the violence which
broke off yesterday.
Unruly mobs set on fire five shops
and scores of vehicles, Udham Singh Nagar Senior Superintendent of
Police G.S. Martolia said.
Locals say the violence was
pre-planned and the deaths were caused following indiscriminate
police firing on Muslims who were protesting the desecration of
Muslims holy book, Quran.
“The situation here is very
critical. The arsonists are torching Muslim shops and houses one
by one. They seem to have details of Muslim business
establishments and shops", a leading Urdu newspaper quoted
Mohammad Nasir, a resident of Rudrapur, as saying.
"The condition is deteriorating fast
rapidly. No action was taken on desecration of Holy Quran. When
Muslims protested, police fired on them", he added.
Residents claimed more than three
hundred people were stuck inside the Jama Masjid in the wake of
In a similar incident of desecration
earlier in the last month, Quran
was set to fire after putting an animal’s meat on it.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri described the violence as
sad and asserted that anti-social elements would not be allowed to
disturb communal harmony in the State.
He was monitoring the situation
closely and had asked senior police officials to take stern action
against miscreants, a spokesman from his office said.
He had also directed authorities to provide best medical care to
the injured, the spokesman added.