인도 서부의 구자라트 주 주도인 아메다바드에서 힌두교도들과 회교도들간에 폭동이 벌어져 적어도 58명의 회교도들이 사망했습니다. 아메다바드의 힌두교도들은 28일, 하루전에 힌두교 민족주의자들이 탑승한 열차에 회교도들이 불을 질러 사망한 사태에 대한 보복으로 아메다바드 회교도들의 목조 주택에 불을 질러 회교도 설흔 여덟 명이 집안에서 죽었으며 다른 20명은 별도의 공격을 받아 살해됐습니다. 인도 정부는 힌두교도와 회교도간의 폭력사태가 확대되자 아메다바드 시에 군병력을 배치했습니다.

India's army is set to deploy today (Friday) in the western state of Gujarat to prevent more deadly sectarian violence.

Defense Minister George Fernandes is reported to already be in Gujarat ahead of the planned troop deployment. Security forces throughout India are bracing for violence as leaders of the World Hindu Council have called for a nationwide strike.

On Thursday, up to 80 people were killed in Gujarat by Hindu retaliatory attacks against Muslims. About 40 of the Muslim victims died in their homes in the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, when Hindu rioters incinerated a group of bungalows. Police said at least 12 of the dead were children.

The Hindu attacks were to avenge Wednesday's violence that killed 58 people, mostly Hindus. The Hindu activists were riding on a train set on fire by a Muslim mob in the town of Godhra.

The activists and their families were returning from a rally in the northern town of Ayodhya, where Hindu nationalists want to build a temple on the ruins of a mosque destroyed by Hindu fanatics in 1992. The activists claim the mosque was built by Muslims after razing a Hindu temple nearly four centuries ago.

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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had urged Hindus not to retaliate for the train attack - saying "Indian brotherhood must be protected at all cost." He is also urging Hindu groups not to press ahead with their demand for the construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Despite Mr. Vajpayee's plea, Hindu activists have vowed to begin construction on March 15th, defying a court order that bans any construction at the site.