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Murder of five Muslims rocks Jaunpur
|Yet another riot has broken out in another district of eastern UP, Jaunpur. The murder of a Block pramukh in Jaunpur on 23 November took a turn for worse later in the day when four Muslims were killed brutally by a mob. The news of murdering five Muslims has terrorized the minority community in the area. People have reportedly transferred their womenfolk to safer areas. A large posse of armed force has been posted in the area.
According to reports filtering out from the area, the murder were a fall-out of the tension that had gripped Ateria and Bhaupur areas in the same district after a clash between the students of Shivnarain Inter-College left one student, identified as Zaheer Khan, dead on 9 November. Later one Kailash Candra was killed by some unidentified assailants in Bhaupur village where he was going with nephew on a motorcycle. Reports say that the incident may be the result of an old enmity of the block pramukh, a common phenomenon in the area where people fight for small posts offered at the village panchayat level in addition to the disputes over land and property.
Villagers who had gathered following the pramukh's murder saw the five Muslims travelling in a car. They killed them all brutally and dumped their bodies in Basuhi, a nearby river. The car in which they were travelling was also set ablaze.