Police say north India sectarian violence easing
LUCKNOW, India (AP) - Violence has eased in an area of northern India battered by days of deadly clashes between Hindus and Muslims, with a massive deployment of security forces keeping most rioters off the streets, police said on Tuesday.
Authorities reported no violence overnight around the town of Muzaffarnagar, where the violence that started Saturday killed at least 31 people, wounded an unknown number of others and drove thousands from their homes. Both sides have blamed the other for starting the violence.
Police and soldiers flooded the town and nearby areas, some 480 kilometres from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, and put a strict curfew into effect, ordering rioters to be shot on sight. By Monday evening, about 200 people had been arrested.
"The situation is improving," Praveer Kumar, a senior police official in Muzaffarnagar, said by phone.