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Sikh protests two Indian states

Police fired plastic bullets and tear gas Monday at thousands of sword-wielding Sikhs who stormed government offices in several cities in the northern state of Punjab, officials said. Several people were injured.

A separate protest in the eastern state of Assam, where more than 4,000 people died in ethnic violence earlier this year, brought commerce and transportation to a virtual standstill, reports reaching New Delhi said.

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