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Killing of Muslim trader triggers off violence in UP's Chandauli district

Killing of Muslim trader triggers off violence in UP's Chandauli district

Author: ANI
Publication: NewKerala.com
Date: August 8, 2006
URL: http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?action=fullnews&id=3884

[Note from the Hindu Vivek Kendra: This event will receive only a passing reference in the national media because it cannot be even remotely assocaited with the 'Hindu fundamentalists.' Furthermore, even if it is covered, the actions of the Muslims burning the Hindu homes will be rationalised as a justified reaction.]

The killing of a Muslim trader in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli District has triggered off communal violence in the area.

Houses of several Hindu families were razed to the ground on Monday in the wake of trader Arshad Ahmed's killing.

"Around three or four in the afternoon, they announced on the loudspeaker 'wherever you find Yadavs, kill the children and ransack and burn the houses. We heard the announcement and hid ourselves," said Uday Yadav, an affected villager.

Yadav alleged the miscreants broke the door of his house and took away his valuables.

Police have deployed security in the area in an attempt to bring the situation under control.

"The brother of the chief of the village, Khurshid Ahmed, was going to Mughal Sarai on the Grand Trunk road. Two men followed him and fired at him. When he fell down, they fired at him from point-blank range. He died on the way to hospital," said A.K. Shukla, Additional Superintendent of Police.

Grieving relatives of the trader alleged that local goons of the Yadav community had killed Ahmed.

"People had threatened him if he contested the local elections they would teach him a lesson, and if he became the chief they would take revenge. They are people from the Yadav belt," said Shameem, a relative of Arshad Ahmed.

Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli is communally sensitive area and there have been several incidents of violence in the past involving the Yadav community and the Muslims.

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