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.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.