Clashes erupt amid landowning community protests in India

August 26, 2015 2:41 AM

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AHMEDABAD, India — Clashes erupted overnight between police and members of a landowning community demanding government benefits in western India, prompting authorities to send paramilitary forces to help restore order as the group’s leader called for a strike on Wednesday.

Authorities issued a curfew Tuesday night in at least five cities of Gujarat state, after mobs attacked police officers with stones and sticks and burned government and private vehicles. Cellphone communications were also blocked in the state capital of Ahmedabad to stop both rumors from spreading a...

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