Security forces have been patrolling the streets of Bombay after a week of communal street battles which left 193 people dead in the city and nearby industrial towns.
1. GV EXTERIOR Shop damaged by bomb. 0.04
2. SV & CU Bloodstains on generators. (2 SHOTS) 0.11
3. SVs & CUs Injured in hospital. (5 SHOTS) 0.22
BHANDRA, EAST BOMBAY
4. GV Closed shops in commercial area. (4 SHOTS) 0.55
5. GV ZOOM INTO CU & GV Empty buses going along street. (2 SHOTS) 1.12
6. GV Armed troops patrolling street. 1.31
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Background: BOMBAY, INDIA
Security forces have been patrolling the streets of Bombay after a week of communal street battles which left 193 people dead in the city and nearby industrial towns. Businesses in the country's financial centre have been closed, but traffic and civilians were re-appearing on the streets on May 24. Police in the state of Maharashtra say eight people died in the latest Hindu-Moslem clash on the night of May 23 when police opened fire to disperse some two thousand Moslems and Hindus fighting a pitched battle in the suburbs of Bombay. Two people injured in the violence last week have died in a Bombay hospital and 16 more bodies have been found in Thane, on the outskirts of the city. Some three thousand soldiers are on the streets of the city to provide back-up for the police as they attempt to find the stockpiles of crude weapons used by the rioters. Further army reinforcements will be made available if the street battles flare again. The Prime Minister's son Rajiv Gandhi has called on all Indians to oppose the communal violence. Speaking at the opening of a factory in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Gandhi said the Government was being forced to divert resources from development projects to the security forces.
Source: REUTERS - JAGDISH KAPOOR