Bangalore burnsWhy are we killings ourselves over Saddam? The guy is dead. Let him rest in peace. Get over it.

Police were deployed and schools were shut in Bangalore on Monday after communal tension between Hindus and Muslims left one 12-year-old boy dead and dozens of people hurt.

Protests by thousands of Muslims against last month’s execution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq sparked a chain of violence over the weekend between the Muslims and Hindus, police and witnesses said.

Riot police patrolled empty streets of downtown Bangalore on Monday but operations in the city’s numerous software firms and call centres, mostly outside the city centre, were unaffected.

“We are working. There is no change in our schedule,” said a spokeswoman for Infosys Technologies Ltd, country’s second-largest software exporter.