Indian PM vows tough action over deadly religious riots
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed on Monday to severely punish those to blame for recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, as he met people displaced by the violence.
Dr Singh said his government would work with the local authorities to help victims of the unrest, which erupted earlier this month in the village of Muzaffarnagar in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.
"This is a very tragic incident and whoever is responsible for this must be severely punished," Dr Singh said, as he visited camps for those who fled the clashes, along with ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi and heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi.
The unrest, during which mobs burned houses and a mosque, erupted in Muzaffarnagar, 105km north-east of New Delhi, and spread to other villages.