Police shoot protesters in India

Eight dead after demostration over land rights in Andhra Pradesh turns violent.

    One official said police fired on protesters as they started throwing stones [AFP]
    K. Jana Reddy, the state's minister for home affairs, said that when officers approached protesters in Mudigonda, they started throwing stones at the police, who responded by opening fire.

    Inquiry

    Witnesses said bodies were strewn in and around the tent where protesters gathered.

    Officials said that at least eight people had either been killed at the scene or died from wounds sustained in the shooting.

    "We have ordered an inquiry in to the incident and we will take action if the police are found guilty of excessive use of force," Reddy said in the state capital, Hyderabad.

    Saturday's protest followed a similar rally on Friday in which police clashed with demonstrators, prompting the communist and other opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh to call a general strike, closing businesses and emptying roads across the state.


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