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Sunday 20 April 2014

Eight killed in election violence

At least eight people have been killed by police during protests against local elections in India

Police in India have said they shot and killed at least eight people in the north-eastern state of Assam during protests against the conduct of a local election.

State police chief Jayanta Narayan Choudhury said police fired when crowds in Goalpara district, 75 miles from the state capital Gauhati, attacked officers and polling officials.

Members of the Rabha tribe were protesting against the elections because they have their own autonomous council in the area. The election was for village councils that would overlap their area of authority.

Violence has hit the area in recent days, with houses burned and roads blocked by cut down trees.

State home secretary GD Tripathy said polling was suspended in 100 polling stations.

Press Association

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