Death Toll Rises In Indian Actor Riots

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LATEST: Five people are now confirmed to have been killed in riots which broke out in Bangalore, India in the wake of screen legend RAJKUMAR's death. Fans of the late actor - who starred in more than 200 films - were fired on by police after earlier scuffles saw 50 buses and two police vans set alight as mourners clambered to pay their last respects. Four people were killed by police gunfire, while the fifth victim, a policeman, was beaten to death by a vengeful mob in the disturbances yesterday (13APR06). Rajkumar's son, also an actor, begged for calm but to little effect. He appealed "with folded hands to all of you to maintain peace" in a microphone address to the 20,000 fans who had turned out to see the body on display at a city stadium. The 77-year-old actor died on Wednesday (12APR06) after suffering a cardiac arrest.


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