Modi’s home state under curfew after rioting

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AHMEDABAD, India: Thousands of security officers were being deployed Wednesday to the main city of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state after overnight rioting and arson by a caste demanding preferential treatment. The Gujarat government imposed a curfew in parts of Ahmedabad and four other cities and towns across the western state and called in paramilitary reinforcements after members of the affluent Patidar caste went on the rampage. At least a dozen 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. The Patidars, who make up around 12 percent of the state’s population, say they are struggling to compete with less privileged castes for jobs.

AFP

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