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Over 100 arrested for rioting in Indonesian town

Violent rioting over the weekend in East Java province led to buildings, cars and motorcycles being set on fire.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 12:35 IST
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Police said on Monday they have detained more than 100 people following violent rioting over the weekend in Indonesia's East Java province that led to buildings, cars and motorcycles being set on fire.

"Police have arrested 104 people so far, and of these 104, 41 have been declared as suspects," national police deputy spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam told reporters.

Under Indonesian law, once somebody is declared a suspect, proceedings are launched to prepare indictment for trial.

Over 5,000 supporters of a pair of candidates who lost in a recent district election went on a five-hour rampage Saturday in Tuban, East Java. Seventeen people were injured and a curfew was slapped in place to stem the violence.

"The curfew has been now lifted," Alam said on Monday.

Seven buildings were torched in the unrest, including the official and private residences of the district chief, while dozens of cars and motorcycles were wrecked and two gas stations owned by the chief damaged.

First Published: May 01, 2006 12:29 IST

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