Hindu mobs attacked Muslims in remote parts of western Gujarat state as sectarian violence that killed 708 people continued to boil in Indian villages that were not previously affected.
Police said a Hindu mob stabbed to death a Muslim who was picking flowers from a tree in a Hindu’s yard in Rajpipla yesterday, 95 miles southeast of Ahmadabad, the state’s largest city.
Hundreds have been burned, shot and stabbed to death in and around Ahmadabad in sectarian conflict that began last month.
In another incident, police said 2,000 Hindu tribesmen from 13 villages surrounded the village of Panvad, 60 miles southeast of Ahmadabad, setting fire to 30 shops and houses yesterday.
Some were owned by Muslims, but police said the looting and arson included Hindu mobs looting and burning indiscriminately.
The rioters fired arrows and guns at police, who responded with tear gas and bullets, killing one person and injuring five, said deputy police superintendent BL Parmar.
He said Panvad was the only village in the area that had escaped violence until yesterday. Rajpipla and Panvad, plus other towns and villages, were placed under curfew.
Police have lifted curfews in Ahmadabad, and many other parts of the state since the violence began to subside last week and Muslims began burying their dead.