NEW DELHI, India -- Moslems enraged by a magazine story they say profaned the prophet Mohammed clashed with police and set fire to vehicles in Karnataka state Tuesday -- the third straight day of riots that have claimed at least 17 lives.
About 3,000 Moslems marched through Tumkur, about 1,100 miles south of New New Delhi, to protest a story in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald, called 'Mohammed the Idiot.' The allegorical tale relates how a village fool is advised by the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam.
The marchers attacked police with knives and rocks, burned vehicles and stripped some police of their uniforms, burning the clothing, the Press Trust of India said.
Police opened fire, killing one person and wounding two, the news agency said. It said 22 other people were injured during the riots, including 17 policeman, two of whom suffered stab wounds.
The casualties brought the toll for three days of rioting to 17 dead and 64 injured, the Press Trust said.
In Mysore, 90 miles southwest of Bangalore, where a curfew was imposed Monday after five people were shot to death by police, the Press Trust reported looting and arson by rioters protesting the short story.
It said clashes between rival communities also broke out in the city. The agency did not specify which communities, but they were believed to be Moslems and Hindus.
In Mandya city, 70 miles southwest of the Karnataka state capital of Bangalore, about 3,000 people demonstrated, burning copies of the Deccan Herald and an effigy of its editor.
A police official in Bangalore, where 11 people died from police gunfire during demonstrations Sunday and Monday, reported the city was quiet Thursday and that 130 people were being held under arrest.
The Press Trust said firefighters worked until early Tuesday to control a fire set at the Deccan Herald's warehouse.
The newpaper's editor apologized Sunday for the story, but was arrested Monday on charges of 'fomenting enmity between two communities and writing articles in a manner predjudicial to public peace,' the Press Trust said.
Federal Home Minister Buta Singh appealed to Moslem leaders to accept the editor's apology.