CHANDIGARH: India, Nov 22, Reuter: Gunmen shot dead 16 people in a raid on an agricultural town in the North Indian state of Haryana on Tuesday, police said.

They said four or five gunmen in a jeep went round Kaithal, which has one of India’s biggest Grain markets, blazing away with automatic weapons.

More than 20 people were injured in the attack which lasted about 30 minutes, they said.

They said the area around the town about 150 km (95 miles) north of the Indian capital New Delhi, had been sealed off in the hunt for the attackers.

Kaithal is about 40 km (25 miles) from the border with Punjab State where Sikhs are fighting for an independent homeland.

Separatist violence which has killed more than 2,300 people this year or more than twice the 1987 death toll frequently spills over into Haryana State.

Article extracted from this publication >> November 25, 1988