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Fresh violence erupts in Mangalore, nearby areas

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 22:34 IST
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Seven people were injured in a fresh incident of violence even as curfew remained in force and shoot-at-sight orders issued in this city and three nearby areas hit by communal violence that has claimed one life.

Officials said seven people travelling in an ambulance were attacked by a mob about 20 km from the city centre.

Curfew in the city, Mangalore rural police limits, Konaje and Ullal will continue till 1900 hours on Sunday, they said. Barring stray stone throwing, no untoward incidents were reported from most of the areas, the officials said.

Abdul Gafoor, 22, of Sulia taluk on Saturday succumbed to injuries sustained in a stone throwing incident yesterday, District Superintendent of Police B Dayanand said.

In Bangalore, Home Minister MP Prakash said the state government suspected the hand of "communal fundamentalists" in the violence that also left 67 people injured and brought life in Mangalore district to a standstill for two days.

Prakash had last night said the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, VHP, Rama Sena and Hindu Jagran Vedike could be involved in fomenting the communal trouble.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said the home department is ascertaining whether SIMI activists had any role in the violence, which erupted after Bajrang Dal activists stopped a vehicle carrying cattle to a slaughter house on Wednesday.

Karnataka Police chief BS Sial, who is camping here, said a meeting will be held on Sunday morning to decide whether curfew should be relaxed.

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