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Airports, key installations in India put on top alert

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi put all airports and vital government installations nationwide on top security alert Tuesday to prevent hijackings and sabotage by Sikh Army deserters, officials said.

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Loyal Indian troops fought more Army deserters in clashes that have killed some 50 soldiers and 50 Sikhs since a series of mutinies began across the country Sunday, officials said. Some 1,300 Sikh deserters have also been arrested.

Sikh soldiers have mutinied from at least seven Army camps in reaction to last week's government attack on Sikh extremists in Amritsar.

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