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Indian journalist killed in actress assault demo: Police

Published on Dec 26, 2012 12:02 PM
 
Demonstrators shout slogans near the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi on Dec 23, 2012. The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang-rape of a young woman, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - Police shot dead a television journalist on Sunday when they opened fire during a protest against a sexual assault on a film actress in India's northeast, an official said.

The 36-year-old, who was working for the Doordarshan network, was "killed in police firing" in Imphal, capital of Manipur state, police spokesman A. Singh told AFP.

The shooting comes amid a wave of protests in India over a student's gang-rape in New Delhi last weekend.

Manipur has been rocked by its own series of protests after the actress known as Momoko was dragged from stage in full public view last week by an armed militant belonging to a banned rebel outfit despite the presence of security personnel.

He then tried to rape her but she managed to fight him off and flee.

Momoko, also a popular model, has waived her right to anonymity and appealed on television for her attacker's arrest.

Anger over the attack on Momoko has been further fuelled by the outrage over the gang-rape in Delhi which has highlighted the levels of violence against women in India.

On Saturday, crowds had pelted stones at police in Imphal, damaging six of their vehicles, prompting authorities to impose a curfew in parts of the state.

The curfew was relaxed on Sunday, after which a huge crowd of protestors assembled and confronted police who opened fire in retaliation, Mr Singh said.

The journalist died on the spot from one of the bullets, Mr Singh said.

 

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