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One more killed in Rajasthan violence

JAIPUR, JULY 12. In a fresh flare-up of violence, one woman was stabbed and burnt to death at Tordisagar village near Malpura in Tonk district today by a riotous mob compelling shopkeepers to down shutters during a bandh called by BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits following communal riots in Malpura on Monday. The indefinite curfew clamped in Malpura and Tonk continued without any relaxation amid tension.

A crowd of about 150 people stormed a building in Tordisagar - 11 km from Malpura - which housed a shop, a kiosk and the residence of owners this morning while enforcing the bandh. After a brief altercation, the mob set the building on fire and attacked the occupants. While a 45-year-old woman was killed on the spot, four children were wounded.

One of the injured children was referred to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur. Three others are admitted to the local hospital. All of them were aged 11-15.

The eruption of violence in less than 48 hours since riots broke out in Malpura sent shock waves through the police machinery and the Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. Amitabh Gupta, rushed to Tordisagar in the afternoon.

With today's killing, the toll in the riots has risen to 11. The situation in Tonk and Jhalawar districts continues to be tense and no relaxation was given in the curfew clamped in Malpura and Tonk. The ban orders imposed elsewhere also remained in force.

The markets remained partially closed in Deoli, Uniara, Niwai and Aligarh in Tonk district and all towns in Jhalawar district on the bandh call given by the BJP, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal. Jhalawar was included in the bandh because three of the four persons who were lynched after being dragged from a jeep near Malpura on Friday belonged to Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar district.

The spokesman said 24 persons had been arrested so far on charges of murder, rioting and arson. The bandh in the two districts passed off in a tense atmosphere with the shops being closed mostly for fear of attack. Police patrolling and vigil was stepped up in all communally-sensitive areas across Rajasthan in view of fresh violence.