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Deadly Clashes Over 'Special Economic Zone' in India


Officials say at least 11 people were killed in India's West Bengal state on Wednesday during clashes in which police fired on opponents of a planned industrial park.

Authorities in the region say farmers and activists armed with sickles attacked riot police, who in turn fired on the crowd. Local media reports put the death toll as high as 14.

Reuters news agency reports several people died from injuries when a crude bomb they had made exploded prematurely.

The violence erupted when police tried to enter the town of Nandigram, where the government plans to seize farm land for a "Special Economic Zone" development project.

The Nandigram Special Economic Zone is one of more than 180 such zones authorized by Indian authorities. The controversial projects are designed to attract foreign investment to India and allow companies to operate in a duty-free environment.

Gautam Gupta has more on the story.

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