Indian soldiers deployed after violence
By Abhaya Srivastava ,AFPNEW DELHI -- Thousands of troops have been dispatched to restore peace in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state where 28 people were killed in weekend Hindu-Muslim clashes, police said Monday.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Authorities declared a high-security alert following the violence in which mobs burned houses and a mosque in the state, which has been the scene of some of the nation's worst religious riots in recent decades.
Hundreds of troops were already patrolling in riot-hit areas as villagers crowded police stations seeking safety in the worst-hit Muzaffarnagar district, 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of capital New Delhi, television footage showed.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the violence and promised “all required assistance” to the state government for “tackling the situation.”
“The number of those dead has risen to 28. We have also arrested 90 persons,” senior state police officer Arun Kumar said in Muzaffarnagar where 38 percent of the population is Muslim and the remainder mainly Hindu.
He told reporters the situation was tense but largely under control in the area from which families streamed late Sunday, abandoning their homes and carrying children in their arms, according to local media.