Hindu extremists burn 6 Muslim to death in south India
hussain | October 12, 2008 at 06:46 amby
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After recent incidents of violence against minority Christian community in India, including burning of churches, a new wave of violence agaisnt Muslims has erupted in the country.
Hindu extremists in southern India killed six members of a Muslim family by setting fire to their home after earlier clashes between Hindus and Muslims left four others dead and 15 injured in the same village, according to an Indian TV channel.
Tensions have been high in Vatoli village since Friday when violence and looting erupted between the two sides, leading to four deaths, said Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister K. Jana Reddy.
Authorities imposed a curfew Friday, but were unable to stop the deadly arson attack, which apparently occurred before dawn Sunday, Reddy said.
Three children, including a 2-year-old, were among the six burned to death, he said.
Vatoli is in Adilabad district, 170 miles (275 kilometers) north of the state capital of Hyderabad. Muslim leaders called for better protection for minorities, especially in rural areas.