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Army called in to quell Hindu-Muslim violence in northern India


Army called in to quell Hindu-Muslim violence in northern India

The Indian army has been called in to Uttar Pradesh in the north of the country to stem the tide of violence between Hindus and Muslims.

At least fifteen people have died after being caught up in rival clashes, including a journalist and police photographer. Forty people have so far been reported injured.

Trouble first broke out in the district on August 27 after an incident in a local village. The man accused of the crime of molestation was stabbed to death, prompting his community to lynch two members of the other community.

Eight hundred troops were dispatched to the region on Saturday night, as armed gangs of Jats – a Hindu sect – attacked a mosque and a village containing Muslim residents.

The police took control of the area until fresh outbreaks of violence erupted early on Sunday morning.

The Jats are demanding that charges against some of their members in relation to a similar clash last month are dropped.

A senior police official said tensions were stoked by an online video showing reportedly showing the recent killing of two Muslim youths.

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