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Dispute over Rs 50 sets off UP communal riot

Five people were injured after a dispute between two people of different communities over Rs 50 flared up into a communal clash at Durveshpur village, 25 km from Meerut city late Sunday. Stones were pelted and shots fired in the melee, and a police vehicle was damaged. It was reported that the fight started after…

Security tightened after fresh clashes in Vadodara

Communal clashes erupted at Kotiyarknagar near Panigate in Vadodara on Sunday, forcing the police to open fire in air. Teargas shells were lobbed to disperse the mobs that gathered after a man was stabbed on Waghodia Road on Sunday afternoon. Another person was stabbed in Champaner Gate even as the city police struggled to maintain…

Four teams to probe into Belgaum violence

Excise Minister and district in-charge Satish L. Jarkiholi has asked the Police Department to investigate the violent incidents reported from Angol and other parts of the city on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the situation remained under control but Section 144 was extended up to 6 p.m. on September 28. Meanwhile, six persons were detained…

VHP tells Muslims and Christians to ‘stay away’ from Navratri festival

Vishwa Hindu Parishad warned Muslims and Christians on Thursday not to join in a lively Navratri festival this month, in the latest bid by activists to step up segregation in the multi-faith country. Emboldened by the May election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hardliners in his party and affiliated right-wing groups have been stirring…

FB post leads to violence in Vadodara Special Correspondent

Communal violence broke out in Fatehpur area under City police station in Vadodara on Thursday over a Facebook post. No casualties were reported. According to the police, the violence broke out at around 1 p.m. following a Facebook post by Sunil Rahilji, a coaching class instructor. Some vehicles were set on fire.

Communal clash in Vadodara continues for second day; four teargas shells fired

Yet another communal clash was witnessed in the old city area of Vadodara a day after people from two communities clashed reportedly after a photoshopped image doing the rounds on WhatsApp hurt religious sentiment of a community. Stone pelting ensued at around 2:30 pm in several areas simultaneously, soon after people from Muslim community finished…

AMC schools to celebrate RSS ideologue’s birth anniv

Thursday, 25 September 2014 | PNS | GANDHINAGAR Students of nearly 450 Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) controlled schools will first time celebrate birth anniversary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay on Thursday (September 25), who worked closely with RSS founder KB Hedgewar. The RSS ideologue’s birthday falls on the first day of…

Godhra Muslims earn living by crafting ‘dandiyas’ for Navratri

A large number of Muslim craftsmen in Godhra city, which was the epicenter of the 2002 riots, earn livelihood by making ‘dandiyas’ (wooden sticks) for Navratri, Gujarat’s most popular festival of the Hindus. Several Muslim families in Godhra, about 60 kms from here, start preparing the dandiyas, used by men and women in the traditional…

Imam arrested for his Navratri comment

Sufi Imam Mehndi Hussain, of the Narendra Modiskullcap controversy fame of 2011, was arrested on Tuesday by Kheda police for his comment on Navratri last week. He had likened the festival with revelry of rakshasas (demons). Several Hindu organizations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had denounced his remarks, staged protests against the imam and demanded…

He makes Vadodara’s Navratri masha allah

Never mind the war on love jihad, organisers in Vadodara insist on sound system provided by Malek Nazir Mohammed. He begins work after seeking Hanuman’s blessings every year Love jihad may be a hot topic of discussion this garba season, but the show must go on. Nobody understands it better than Malek Nazir Mohammed who…

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