India: Curfew emposes after violence erupt in Ahmedabad
Aug.26, Ahmedabad : A nationwide shutdown is being observed in Gujarat, India on Wednesday, a day after violence erupted during stir for quota by Patel community.
The protest led by the community to demand more government jobs and college places. At least three people dead in the protest.
Curfew has been imposed in many parts of the Indian state. The violence also spread to other parts in India like Mehsana, Rajkot and Surat. Similar incidents were also reported from remote areas of Saurashtra region.
Dozens of officers were injured in the violence, prompting the first curfew in the state since 2002 when communal riots left at least 1,000 people dead, Gujarat Director General of Police P.C Thakur said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people to maintain peace.
Internet services on mobile phones have been suspended. Schools and businesses are closed and public transport cancelled in Ahmedabad and other parts of the state.
Police said some 70 buses were torched by the protesters.
The Oslo Times