Six dead in clashes in southern India

 

Six people died in India's southern city of Hyderabad after clashes between jubilant Hindu hardliners and protesting Muslims on the eleventh anniversary of the razing of a mosque, police said.

Twenty-four people were hurt in the incident, 12 suffering bullet injuries as police opened fire to control rampaging mobs in areas where Muslims are in a majority.

On December 6th, 1992, Hindu zealots destroyed the 16th century Babri mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya, triggering riots that killed more than 3,000 people. The row has symbolised Hindu-Muslim tension since, and sometimes exploded in violence.