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12,000 Detained in India Protest

United Press International

Police today briefly detained more than 12,000 supporters of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and scuffled with right-wing Hindu youths during a protest to press for deployment of troops in violence-torn Punjab state, where Sikh extremists are demanding an independent nation.

Thousands of flag- and sign-waving demonstrators, led by a truck equipped with loudspeakers, chanted “Save Punjab, deploy the army!” as they marched down Parliament Street at midday in central New Delhi.


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