• Indian youth take pictures of a bus damaged and set on fire by a mob during  clashes in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Authorities issued a curfew Tuesday night in at least five cities in Gujarat state, after mobs attacked police officers with stones and sticks and burned government and private vehicles.(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    Fresh communal clashes hit western India over caste protest

    AHMADABAD, India (AP) — Fresh communal clashes erupted Wednesday in western India as police and paramilitary forces tried to quell riots led by members of a farming caste demanding government benefits. Five people have been killed in the violence, police said.

  • Hindu devotees take holy dip in the River Godavari on the first official day of bathing as part of Kumbh Mela celebrations in Nasik, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hindus believe that sins accumulated in past and current lives require them to continue the cycle of death and rebirth until they are cleansed. Bathing in sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh festival, or Pitcher Festival, believers say rids them of their sins. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    AP PHOTOS: Thousands bathe at riverside festival in India

    NASIK, India (AP) — Thousands of devout Hindus began splashing into a west Indian river for the first official day Wednesday of bathing at one of the country’s largest festivals.