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4 Killed in Clashes Between Indian Police, Muslim Protesters


Indian officials say four people have been killed in clashes between police and Muslim protesters in the western town of Bhiwandi.

Authorities say police opened fire Wednesday on stone-throwing rioters who were protesting plans to build a police station next to a mosque. Two protesters were killed by the police gunfire, and at least 25 people were wounded in the fighting, mostly policemen.

Officials say two policemen were lynched by residents angry about the police shootings. The bodies of the officers were found in the town this Thursday morning.

Authorities have imposed a curfew in the area.

Bhiwandi is a Muslim-majority industrial town in the western state of Maharashtra.

Muslim residents are opposed to the construction of a police station because they say the proposed building site is located in a Muslim cemetery.
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