An Indian Parallel to Andijan Killings

by Laurence on 6/4/2005 · 3 comments

Matt W. posted a comment about the infamous Amritsar massacre, which made me wonder how the Indian government deals with such protests today. I found this UPI story dated May 13, 2005, contemporaneous with the Andijan killings. The story speaks for itself, I think.
Headline:7 dead as Indian police fire on activists

NEW DELHI, May 13 (UPI) — Police in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh killed six opposition party members Friday, resulting in riots and the death of a police officer.

Thirty-eight people were also hurt in the violence that erupted as candidates filed nominations for a by-election to the Penukonda assembly cin Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district, the semi-official Press Trust of India reported.

The election, to be held June 2, became necessary when the previous lawmaker from the constituency, a member of the opposition Telugu Desam Party, was killed Jan. 26 by unidentified gunmen.

TDP members began pelting police with stones Friday when their candidate arrived to file her nomination papers. Police opened fire, killing four party activists. Two others were killed in the ensuing stampede. A police inspector who was struck by a stone died at a local hospital, police said.

PTI quoted official sources as saying a magisterial inquiry had been ordered into the incident.


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upyernoz June 4, 2005 at 10:44 am

and your point is?

a story like this doesn’t make karimov less awful. it just makes the indian government awful too

roman June 4, 2005 at 11:25 am

they started pelting police with stones? what are the police supposed to do? stand there and take it?

doesnt seem exactly like what happened in andizhan… though then again we dont really know exactly what happened in andizhan

david_walther June 4, 2005 at 2:01 pm

you may as well use Kent State as a “parallel” with this line of thinking… the problem is that it doesn’t look very parallel. what are you trying to say here?

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