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Indian Minister Attacked

Armed men have attacked an Indian minister during an election campaign in the state of West Bengal. The minister, Tapan Sikdar, sustained cut wounds and his car was smashed. He belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is a member of the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led Indian Government. Elections are due next week in more than 50,000 village councils in West Bengal. Police said Mr Sikdar’s convoy was attacked near Madhyamgram, north of Calcutta, just before midday. The attackers slashed at him with razors and other sharp weapons and Mr Sikdar sustained cuts on his torso and around his neck. His security guards opened fire to save him but some people travelling with the minister sustained wounds. Doctors now say he is out of danger. Full Story

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