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Anxiety Rises in a Muslim Enclave Near Bombay

The teeming streets of this suburb of Bombay are notable for two things: that most of the people are Muslim, and that a decade ago the streets were not teeming at all. Since then, as if in a small replay of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, Muslims have migrated to Mumbra by the hundreds of thousands, creating a stark segregation. They came seeking safety — comfort in numbers — after riots with Hindus left more than 1,000 Muslims dead in 1992 and 1993, many of them in Bombay. The riots were quickly followed by bombings for which Muslim underworld figures were blamed. That further heated up the anxiety, and the exodus. Now the atmosphere is heightened once again, because of two bombings in downtown Bombay that killed 52 people last Monday. No one has taken responsibility or been arrested, but many believe that Muslim militants are to blame. Full Story

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