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Namaaz passes off
peacefully in Malegaon

October 2, 2008
Morning on the occasion of Id passed of peacefully on Malegaon's Idgah ground this morning amidst tight police security. The special namaaz traditionally offered by Muslims to celebrate Id began at 9.30 am and wound up within an hour. More than 1,00,000 people offered their prayers.

The police took special measures to ensure a peaceful morning namaaz as rumours about some trouble during the namaaz were doing the rounds since September 29 when a bomb exploded in the busy Bhikku Chowk area, killing five people. The blast vitiated the atmosphere in the textile town, home to some 7 lakh people, majority of who are Muslims.

Text: Prasanna Zore in Malegaon
Photographs: Sanjay Sawant

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