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Hope for peace in Gujarat
AFAR
9/25/2002 11:44:00 PM

After Tuesday’s attack at a Hindu Temple, 3,000 extra troops were sent as reinforcement.

Gujarat, the state where the militant Hindu group hit, suffered India’s worst religious bloodshed earlier this year when more than 1,000 Muslims were killed in retaliatory violence after a train carrying Hindus was attacked.

Indian leaders are now calling for peace, but at the same time, demand that action be taken to find the attackers.

Authorities are also taking concerted action to ensure that calls for nationwide strike by the World Hindu Council on Thursday do not degenerate into violence.

Various officials said it seemed clear that Pakistan was behind the attack after a reference to Gujarat was made by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf at the United Nations earlier this month.

But Pakistan has denied all accusations and condemned the temple attack.

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