Tension is reported to be easing in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh following religious riots in which 150 people were killed.
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Background: Tension is reported to be easing in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh following religious riots in which 150 people were killed. Four towns throughout the state are under curfew as is the old sector of the capital, New Delhi.
SYNOPSIS: The normally crowded streets in the walled city of Old Delhi are empty and quiet during the hours of the curfew.
Schools as well as shops have shut their doors.
Only the rumble of trucks despatching army personnel to potential danger spots and the police patrols ensuring that the curfew is being observed break the silence. The police say there have been few incidents to trouble the authorities. Outbreaks of stone throwing were the most serious breaches of the curfew.
But the quiet contrasts sharply with the violence of a week ago which was sparked off when a pig was found in mosque in Moradabad. Moslems regard he pig as unclean. The incident brought communal and religious tension to the boil throughout Uttar Pradesh.
On Monday (18 August) the curfew in Old Delhi was lifted for three hours between seven and ten o'clock in the morning. Almost at once the trading community resumed its work. most wayside stalls did brisk business. Temple bells rang, burqaclad women began a hectic shopping spree -- even the beggars turned out with their bowls. A welcome respite to the local population.
But the curfew is continuing indefinitely until the Government is confident renewed rioting won't break out.