Riots kill two as outlawed shopkeepers fight closures
From Jeremy Page in Delhi
AT LEAST two people, including a seven-year-old boy, were killed when thousands of shopkeepers rioted in Delhi yesterday in protest against attempts to shut down illegal businesses in residential areas.
Much of the Indian capital ground to a halt as police used teargas and batons to disperse the crowds, who set up roadblocks and lit bonfires in some of the worst street violence in the city in recent years. Dozens of police were injured and more than 100 people were detained. The riot highlighted the mounting tension between business and government in Delhi, where a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy is struggling to keep pace with breakneck economic growth. Most businesses are banned from operating in residential areas under antiquated zoning restrictions dating back to a city master plan drawn up in 1961. [snip]