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Indian Police Say Foil Bid to Kill Politicians

Indian police shot dead two suspected members of a gang who had planned to kill senior politicians in revenge for the country’s worst religious violence in a decade, a police official said on Monday. The men, belonging to a Dubai-based gang headed by Indian fugitive Chotta Shakeel, were killed during a shoot-out early on Monday in Ahmedabad, the main city of the western state of Gujarat, police said. No policemen were wounded in the exchange of fire. Police said the men had planned to kill state minister Ashok Bhatt and former minister Bharat Barot of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during an annual Hindu procession on July 1. “We had a tip-off that they were on a directive to avenge the killings of Muslims during the riots last year,” the police official, who did not wish to be identified, told Reuters, referring to the gunmen. Both men were from India’s majority Hindu community and were acting on the orders of the leader of the Dubai-based gang, who is a Muslim. Full Story

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