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Accident triggers riots and curfew in parts of Taj Mahal city of Agra

Accident triggers riots and curfew in parts of Taj Mahal city of Agra

Mobs in the northern Indian city that is home to the Taj Mahal set fire to more than a dozen vehicles and blocked roads after a truck crushed four men to death early yesterday, police said.
Police imposed a curfew in affected parts of Agra, and tourists visiting the Taj Mahal - several kilometers from the rioting - have not been affected, said Vipin Mishra, an Uttar Pradesh state government spokesman.
Angry resident in the Nai Mandi area of the city went "berserk after a speeding truck killed four people," said Vikram Singh, the director-general of police in Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.
The victims, all Muslims, were walking home after a religious festival, Singh said.
The mob torched 16 vehicles including 10 trucks and blocked the highway connecting Agra with New Delhi, about 210 kilometers to the northwest, Singh said.
People came out on the streets throwing stones at the police.
Armed riot police were sent to quell the rioters, Singh said.
The Nai Mandi neighborhood of Agra is home to both Hindus and Muslims and the two communities have often clashed, but local government spokesman J.N. Chamber said the rioting was not sectarian.


Updated : 2021-06-16 17:06 GMT+08:00