Bombay burns in rioting

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The Independent Online
BOMBAY (Reuter) - Rioters attacked police, looted shops and started fires yesterday as security forces grappled with Hindu- Muslim violence in which 162 people have been killed in five days of clashes in western India. Scores of fires raged throughout Bombay and smoke from burning timber yards, shops and a tyre store darkened the sky.

In the Kalachowky district Muslim rioters ignored a daytime curfew and shoot-on-sight orders to the army and fought running battles with police.

Sudharkarrao Naik, Chief Minister of Maharashtra state, of which Bombay is the capital, appealed on television to religious and political leaders to help restore order.