CHANDIGARH, India: May 29, Reuter: A Sikh leader and six associates were detained on Sunday under tough security legislation in Punjab, where police reported eight more Killings in the struggle for separate Sikh state.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) said at least eight people, including a local leader of the nationally ruling Congress (I) Party, had been shot dead in the northern state in the past 24 hours.

PTI said gunmen opened fire at a shop in Ludhiana, killing Atma Ram Arya, a local General Secretary of the Party, and a friend on Sunday morning. Six people, including a Sikh militant, were killed elsewhere in Punjab.

Police said former State Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and six of his associates were detained under the tough National Security Act. They were already in jail for defying a ban on protest marches.

Article extracted from this publication >> June 3, 1988