Lucknow, Feb. 2 (AP): Suspected Hindu activists set ablaze two empty train coaches to protest their leader's arrest following Hindu-Muslim violence in a northern Indian city, officials said on Friday. No casualties were reported.
Members of the right-wing Hindu Yuva Vahini group set the fires late Thursday when the train stopped at a station in Mohammadabad, a small town in India's Uttar Pradesh state, police said.
No one was hurt because most passengers had fled, said a railway spokesman, Manish Arora.
Tensions have grown in Uttar Pradesh since clashes erupted in the city of Gorakhpur last weekend, when a Hindu wedding procession clashed with a Muslim religious parade. A Hindu youth was stabbed to death and 12 people were injured, triggering clashes in the city.
Hindu activists led by religious leader Yogi Adityanath blocked roads in Gorakhpur, demanding the killers' arrest.
However, police arrested Adityanath and his supporters have since been on the rampage, demanding his release.
Sporadic violence has broken out in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, and officials have imposed a curfew in Gorakhpur and the nearby districts of Kushinagar and Padrona districts.
The curfew was extended for the seventh day Friday, a home ministry official said.
“At least 22 men were arrested overnight for damaging government property, including trains and buses,'' R.M. Srivastava said in the state capital, Lucknow.
Gorakhpur is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Lucknow.