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Protests over Gujarat arrest

Shops in the town of Godhra in India’s Gujarat state have closed in protest at the arrest of a Muslim in connection with a deadly train attack. Maulana Hussain Umarji, a cleric, is suspected of planning the alleged arson attack, which took place in Godhra last February. Muslims were accused of starting the fire, in which 58 Hindu pilgrims died. The deaths sparked India’s worst communal riots in a decade, in which at least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed across Gujarat. Inspector Rakesh Asthana of India’s railway police said the cleric had been arrested late on Wednesday night. “When people in Godhra town came to know about the arrest on Thursday morning there was tension here but the situation is under control now,” he said. Some Hindus in Godhra also closed down their shops on Thursday, fearing violence. Full Story

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