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More Than 100 Injured in India

July 8, 2001

GAUHATI, India (AP) _ Clashes between protesters and police injured more than 100 people on Saturday in a troubled northeastern state of India, where demonstrators called a daylong general strike to protest a cease-fire with a regional separatist group.

Authorities ordered police to shoot people who refuse to obey a 19-day-old curfew in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the protesters were injured Saturday when police with batons charged them and fired tear gas.

Violent demonstrations against the cease-fire have claimed more than 16 lives since June 18, when more than 50,000 protesters burned down the state legislature building and several government and political party offices.

People of Manipur and neighboring states oppose the extension of a four-year-old cease-fire agreement with a faction of the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland. They fear the government may try to appease the NSCN by taking parts of their states to give the group the Greater Nagaland it is demanding.

Junior Interior Minister I.D. Swamy, who ended a three-day visit to Imphal on Saturday, told various political groups that the federal government had no such plans.

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