Indian police say 19 killed during clashes with protesters

Nineteen people died, including 11 when cooking gas cylinders blew up, during clashes between police and residents being evicted from illegally occupied government land in northern India, police said Friday.

Top state police officer Daljit Chaudhary said two police officers were among those killed as some from a crowd of 3,000 protesters fired at them Thursday in Mathura, a town 300 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Chaudhry said Friday that the police had gone to a district in the town to retake land from illegal occupiers following a court order.



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