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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Baroda death toll rises to three
Residents run following riots in Baroda
Baroda is still reported to be tense
Police in the Indian state of Gujarat say that the number of people killed after clashes with local Muslims in the city of Baroda has risen to three.

The clashes erupted on Monday morning as police fired on Muslims protesting against the demolition of a mausoleum.

The city's police commissioner told the BBC that a curfew continues to be enforced in the old part of the city.

The authorities say that the demolition of the mausoleum is part of a campaign against illegal construction work.

The BBC's Rajeev Khanna in Gujarat says that there were incidents of stone-throwing and torching of vehicles on Tuesday.

'Anti-encroachment'

Our correspondent says that police used tear gas in at least two places to bring the situation under control, and that the streets of Baroda remain tense.

Police on Monday said they tried controlling the crowd with batons and tear gas and were then forced to open fire.

At least 18 people are reported to have been injured and 38 arrested.

The authorities have rejected allegations that police were acting against the Muslim community.

"This is not the only incident of an anti-encroachment demolition," Police Commissioner Deepak Swarup told the Associated Press.

"Many temples have also been pulled down, and no particular religious structures were targeted.

"Local Muslims were informed well in advance and they had agreed to the shrine being removed," he said.




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