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General Strike Shuts Down South India After Politician's Killing


A one-day general strike in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, called by the opposition to protest the slaying of one of their leaders, has brought many parts of the region to a halt.

Local police say schools and businesses are closed Tuesday, and the situation in several towns is tense.

The strike follows Monday's killing of a former state minister and Telugu Desam Party leader, P. Ravindra, outside the party office in Anantpur town, southwest of the state capital, Hyderabad.

A security guard and one of Mr. Ravindra's friends were also killed in the attack.

Hours after the slaying, local mobs torched nearly 100 state-run buses. Police fired in the air in several districts to disperse rioting activists.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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