New Delhi: Five people were killed and 16 wounded in a new round of anti-Muslim rioting and arson on Sunday in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat state authorities reported.

The killings occurred in a series of stabbings. Bomb blasts and firebomb attacks in Ahmedabad. Hindus and Muslims fought running street battles for the fourth consecutive day in the old city sector.

Two of the seven people wounded in a bomb explosion in Gujarat’s Wadaj area were listed in serious condition in a local hospital.

Army troops recovered chemical used in manufacturing homemade bombs, 30 litres (3.9 gallons) of gasoline meant for making fire bombs, the United News of India News agency reported.

In Kalika town of the state, an indefinite curfew was clamped on Monday morning following incidents of arson. Night curfew was already in force in town.


The violence is taking place at a time when a fourmeinber team of the Congress “I” Party arrived in Ahmedabad on the directive of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi to have an on the spot assessment of the situation.

According to BBC, the Indian Prime Minister has given two weeks’ notice to the State Chief Minister to restore law and order in the state.

Article extracted from this publication >>  July 5, 1985