| May 19, 2019

Indian police say 19 killed during clashes with protesters

LUCKNOW, June 3: Nineteen people died, including 11 when cooking gas cylinders blew up, during clashes between police and residents being evicted from illegally occupied government land in northern India, police said Friday.

Top state police officer Daljit Chaudhary said two police officers were among those killed as some from a crowd of 3,000 protesters fired at them Thursday in Mathura, a town 300 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

Chaudhry said Friday that the police had gone to a district in the town to retake land from illegal occupiers following a court order.

He said some people died from police fire, but 11 deaths occurred when the gas cylinders burst and set fire to the area.

Chaudhary said more than 100 people were injured during clashes with the police. The protesters had assembled at a spot to try to prevent police from recovering land they have been occupying for nearly two years.

He said police more than 370 were arrested, and that the clashes ended when more than 500 police were deployed to the district.

He said a large number of illegal firearms were recovered from the protesters.