Fergana Province: NEW WAVE OF OUTRAGES

Author: V. Ardayev

KOKAND CROWD RELEASES 12 DETAINEES, BURNS 80 HOMES IN MESKHETIAN AREA; 5 CIVILIANS KILLED IN CONFLICT WITH POLICE, TROOPS; DEATH TOLL IN PROVINCE AT LEAST 80; ENTERPRISES' WORK DISRUPTED

Fergana Province: NEW WAVE OF OUTRAGES. (By Special Correspondent V. Ardayev. Izvestia, June 9, p. 12. 650 words. Condensed text:) Fergana, June 8The past 24 hours in Fergana Province were again uneasy. Alarming reports came in from various districts one after another, but the most dramatic situation took shape in the vicinity of Kokand. Here is how events developed there.

On Lenin Square in Kokand, a crowd of thousands made periodic attacks on the building of the city internal affairs department for seven hours. As a result, policemen were forced to release 12 people who were being detained in the temporary-custody isolation block. The attackers managed to gain possession of some policemen's weaponsthree pistols. After the arrested persons were released, the crowd moved to an area densely populated with Meskhetian Turks and began engaging in malicious violence. Approximately 80 homes and six cars were set on fire, and the store of a cooperative trade organization was vandalized. Two kiosks were set on fire in the park of culture and rest.

The crowds that had been committing outrages were dispersed by police forces and internal service troops who rushed to the rescue. As a result, five civilians died (including some from bullet wounds), and 77 were taken to the hospital. Among the wounded were 21 internal-troops servicemen and six policemen. In a neighboring borough of the city, there were exchanges of gunfire between civilians and policemen deep into the night. As a result, one attacker died and three were wounded. In Frunze Borough, which is also not far away, eight residential buildings and three motor vehicles, including a police car, were set on fire in the past 24 hours.

From reports of the Uzbek Republic Ministry of ...

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