World IN BRIEF : INDIA : 8 Killed as Police Fire on Protesters

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

At least eight supporters of India's ruling Congress Party were killed when police opened fire on violent protesters in Communist-led West Bengal state. Police said that supporters of Mamta Banerjee, a senior Congress regional leader, surrounded the headquarters of the state government in Calcutta. Banerjee, a feisty member of Parliament, has been a bitter critic of the Communist government, accusing it of corruption and failure to develop the state economically.

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