LUCKNOW, India — A communal clash between Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan and Hindus offering alms to one of their gods left one man dead in the north Indian town of Bareilly.
About 20 pepole were injured, including policemen, police officials said.
Police imposed a curfew on the town in Uttar Pradesh, where the two sides had hurled stones at each other and a 22-year-old Muslim man was shot and killed.
Senior officer Jagmohan Yadav sayid police have yet to determine who fired the shot. Schools were closed, and police are meeting with community leaders to defuse tensions.
Police say the Muslims offering morning prayers on the second day of Ramadan were upset by devotional singing by Hindus who were on their way to a temple for a regular Monday ceremony offering water and milk to a deity.
Riots mainly targeting Muslims are normal in Indian cities and villages. Scores of people, mostly Muslims, were killed in religious riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. — AP