Cops clamp curfew in Agra, 1 killed

New Delhi, August 29:

Police imposed a curfew in the northern Indian city that is home to the Taj Mahal and advised tourists and residents to stay indoors after angry mobs set fire to twenty vehicles and blocked roads, officials said.

All schools and colleges in the city have also been closed for the next three days, local government spokesman JN Chamber told media, adding that the rioting — sparked by the deaths of four men hit by a truck — was now under control.

Ten people have been injured and one person was shot dead in the rioting, he said. The injured included six police and four firefighters.

Angry resident in the Nai Mandi area of the city went “berserk after a speeding truck killed four people,” said Vikram Singh, the director-general of police in Lucknow.

The victims, all Muslims, were walking home after a religious festival, Singh said.

The mob torched 20 vehicles, including 10 trucks, and blocked the highway connecting Agra with New Delhi, about 210 km to the northwest, Singh said.

People came out on the streets throwing stones at the police. Armed riot police were sent to quell the rioters, Singh said.