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Troops Patrol Western Indian City to Control Sectarian Violence


Indian troops are patrolling the streets of a western city where sectarian violence has left at least six people dead.

Security officials say the situation is under control Thursday in Gujarat state's city of Vadodara, after four days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims.

Authorities say at least 48 people have been arrested since the rioting erupted Monday over the demolition of a small Muslim shrine.

Authorities took down the centuries-old shrine in Gujarat because they said it was constructed on public land and blocked traffic.

Gujarat was rocked by Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 after at least 53 Hindus were burned to death in a train. Some people blamed Muslims for what they saw as a sectarian attack on the train. More than 1,000 people were killed in retaliatory violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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