Posted: Sep 9, 2013 10:32 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 10:34 PM
LUCKNOW, India (AP) Police say violence has eased in a north Indian region battered by days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims that left at least 31 people dead, with a massive deployment of security forces keeping most rioters off the streets.
Street battles had erupted Saturday in villages around the town of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh state, forcing thousands of people from their homes. Both sides have blamed the other for starting the violence.
Police and soldiers flooded the town and nearby areas, some 480 kilometers (300 miles) from Lucknow, the state capital, and by Monday evening about 200 people had been arrested.
Praveer Kumar, the senior police officer in Muzaffarnagar, said by telephone Tuesday morning that there was no sign of violence overnight and that the situation was improving.