ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Silence on Basic Issue

THE communal riots in Nagpur which started on the 9th and continued for five days were perhaps the most serious, in terms of loss of life, since those in Ranchi last year in which at least 155 people were butchered. Communal violence had also erupted in Auranga- bad a few days earlier, but it was contained before it had claimed many lives by timely and firm action by the authorities. In Nagpur where the clashes were between Hindu scheduled castes, now converts to Buddhism, and Muslims, the police was clearly more slow-footed. By the time some semblance of calm had been restored in the city, the official tally of the dead was 29.

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