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Bihar village renamed in memory of Saddam

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 18:19 IST

Angry villagers in Bihar’s Lahouna Village have renamed their village as ‘Saddam Nagar’ in memory of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Much of the anger is directed towards U.S. President George W. Bush, who villagers feel, is the real "murderer" of thousands of Iraqis.

"We shall fight to liberate the world from the autocratic ways of Bush. He is a monster with a human face," said Mohammed Saifu Rahman, a native of Saddam Nagar.

The anguish felt by Rahman is shared by his Hindu neighbour Sanjay Parmar.

"When Saddam Hussein was executed, all Muslims and Hindus here took out a rally in protest against Bush. It was then that we decided to name the village Saddam Nagar to keep his memory alive," Parmar said.

Both communities, which are generally at loggerheads with each other, were unanimous in their decision to rename their village.

Saddam was hanged at 6.00 am local time on December 30, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had demanded that the execution take place before the end of the year.