Eight killed in renewed violence in western India

Indian police say at least eight people are dead and 20 are injured after Hindu-Muslim clashes in western Gujarat.

Indian police say at least eight people are dead and 20 are injured after Hindu-Muslim clashes in western Gujarat.

In Ahmadabad, the state's commercial capital, Muslims fought Hindus in a residential area housing textile workers. Three people died and 18 were injured, a police official said.

Soldiers have taken control of the area and police picked up at least 80 people for questioning, said the official.

There were clashes in other parts of the city but no further casualties have been reported.

Police also fired on a mob that attacked a picket line in the village of Akbarpur, about 60 miles southwest of Ahmadabad, killing two people. Two policemen were injured.

Another person died of bullet wounds in a neighbouring Shakarpura village, where police opened fire to disperse a mob trying to set fire to shops and houses.

In Petlad, 50 miles south of Ahmadabad, Hindu mobs set fire to Muslim shops and houses and clashed with residents of a Muslim-dominated area. Two people were killed, one by police fire.

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