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Batley men still missing

TWO Batley men who were attacked while on holiday in India are still missing.

TWO Batley men who were attacked while on holiday in India are still missing.

A relative, father-of-five Mohammed Aswat Nallabhai, 41, was killed in fighting between Hindus and Muslims last Thursday.

The office of Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood was yesterday flooded with calls from people frantic about relatives.

So far, there are thought to be 50 British citizens in Gujarat unaccounted for who either live in Batley or whose immediate family live there.

Mr Wood is pressing the Foreign Office for news of the Batley men, Saeed Dawood, 41, and Shakil Dawood, 37, who were in the jeep with Mr Nallabhai.

Imran Dawood, 18, another member of the family from Batley, is alive and staying with his grandparents in Lajpur.

The party was travelling on the main road to Bombay when they were caught up in the violence.

More than 500 have been killed in the religious clashes.

Mr Wood said: "We have the names of around 50 British citizens who are holidaying in Gujarat. They have hundreds of relatives in Batley.

"We are still very concerned about the missing men.

"We are now asking for a British presence in Gujarat and for extra peace-keeping forces to be deployed."

Mr Wood also arranged for a telephone number that relatives could ring for information about Gujarat. It is 0207 0080236.


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