Sectarian riots spread in north India despite curfew
MUZAFFARNAGAR, India (AP) - Sectarian violence was spreading into new areas of northern India on Monday, despite an army-enforced curfew put in place after deadly weekend clashes broke out between Hindus and Muslims.
Gunfire and street battles that erupted on Saturday in villages around Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh state have killed at least 28 people and left many more missing, police said.
Soldiers deployed to the region have been given orders to shoot rioters on sight, state government official Kamal Saxena said.
By Monday morning, police had arrested 90 people. Still, the violence spread to the neighbouring districts of Shamli and Meerut overnight.