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Protesters burn government buildings in north-eastern India

Hundreds of protesters have marched in an Indian state capital after setting ablaze government buildings over a decision that would reserve 33% of seats for women in local municipal elections.

Officers in the police control room said police and paramilitary reinforcements were rushed in to protect government property in Kohima, the capital of the north-eastern state of Nagaland, as the protesters marched to the building housing state government offices.

They were blocked by the heavy police presence, but the demonstrators also burned several cars and attacked the house of a relative of the state's top elected official before dispersing after a day-long protest.

They demanded the resignation of TR Zeling, the top elected official, for deciding to implement a court ruling that would reserve 33% of seats for women in local municipal elections.

The protesters say the ruling would infringe on tribal laws and traditions that bar women from participating in politics.

Elections scheduled for February 1 were postponed.

On Tuesday, police fired at protesters in the commercial hub of Dimapur, killing two and injuring 10.

AP

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