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10 electrocuted during protest in India

11 April 2016, 23:06

Gauhati - Ten people were electrocuted on Monday by an overhead high-voltage wire that fell on them during a demonstration outside a police station in India's northeastern state of Assam, police said.

Hundreds of people armed with wooden batons and bows and arrows came to the police station demanding that police hand them two suspects arrested for the murder of two members of their tea workers community last week, police officer SN Singh said.

Singh said that as police fired in the air to disperse the crowd, some bullets hit the overhead cable, which came crashing down on the demonstrators in the town of Pengeri, 550km east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

One person was killed in police firing, Singh said.

He said that the angry crowd wanted to punish the two suspects themselves, and tried to prevent the police from taking the suspects to a court for pretrial proceedings.

- AP

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