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Friday 19 September 2014

Pepper spray attack hits India MPs

Published 13/02/2014 | 11:37

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An Indian MP covers his face with a handkerchief after being affected by pepper spray in parliament (AP)
Indian people supporting the creation of a separate state of Telangana shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi (AP)

Indian MPs have been evacuated from Parliament after a governing Congress party member used pepper spray to halt the introduction of a bill for carving out a new state in the south.

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MPs had been planning to vote on new legislation to create the state of Telangana from the mostly poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh state.

L. Rajagopal from Andhra Pradesh tried to prevent today's vote by unleashing pepper spray, which left other MPs coughing and wiping tears from their eyes as they were ushered out of the building.

Several MPs attempted to subdue Rajagopal, leading to a scuffle.

One was rushed to a hospital, but no information was immediately available about his condition.

Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the session until later today, calling the turmoil "a blot".


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