Protests Shut India City After Killings of Alleged Smugglers

April 15, 2015 10:38 AM

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A southern Indian city was shut down by protests Wednesday after police killed 20 suspected sandalwood smugglers in the forests of Andhra Pradesh state.

While police have said they fired on men who were attacking them "with axes and other sharp-edged weapons" last week, at least two witnesses have told the National Human Rights Commission that the men were pulled off a bus and shot while in custody.

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