[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Sunday, 29 July 2007, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
Indian police fire on protesters
A man injured when police opened fire on protesters in Andhra Pradesh, India
At least sixteen people were wounded in the incident
Eight left-wing protesters were shot dead by Indian police during a demonstration in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, officials have said.

Police had been pelted with stones as they approached a tent where communist supporters were gathered, and responded by opening fire, said a state minister.

Saturday's protest was called as part of a three-month campaign demanding land for the poor.

Opposition parties called a strike in response to the shooting.

The leader of the opposition TDP, N Chandrababu Naidu, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy "has no right to continue in office after innocent people have lost their life".

Mr Reddy ordered a judicial inquiry and said: "I will not comment on who is responsible unless we get the full report."

Sixteen people were reported to have been injured in the shooting, which took place in Mudigonda, a small village in the southern state.


SEE ALSO
Questions over Bengal shootings
26 Mar 07 |  South Asia
India strike over police shooting
16 Mar 07 |  South Asia
India police in 'shooting mishap'
30 Jan 07 |  South Asia



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific