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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.

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