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Damage in Gujarat
|Due to continued curfew and fear prevailing in riot-hit areas, true figures of casualties and material loss have not been worked out. According to officially corroborated figures, upto 23 March a total of 873 persons were killed in the riots (including 355 burnt alive, 110 killed by police firing) and more than 1200 persons were injured. According to these figures 2076 residential houses, 2118 shops and businesses were looted and set afire. Maximum damage has occurred in Ahmedabad. But places like Panchmahal, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Anand and Mehsana are not far behind.
But according to unofficial estimates, over 2000 Muslims were killed or burnt alive, 3000 mosques have been partially or totally damaged, more than 30,000 houses and over 10,000 shops and business places, including factories and several thousand vendor stalls, have been damaged or totally burnt or demolished. The riots hit Muslims in all parts of Gujarat including rural areas.
The Ahmedabad-based Islami Relief Committee (IRC) has presented to the National Minorities Commission a three-page list of damaged, demolished mosques, dargahs, graveyards, and madrasahs.
Over two hundred thousand Muslims have become refugees in their own homeland. Out of these 65,000 Muslims are crammed in temporary shelters in Ahmedabad alone. The internal refugees are housed in about 91 relief camps all over Gujarat, according to IRC estimates. In addition to these refugees, around 90,000 people have fled outside Gujarat in order to save their lives.
The IRC Legal cell has prepared a preliminary list of 135 mosques, dargahs and madrasahs damaged by the marauding mobs. The MG is in the possession of a copy of this list.
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