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Punjab State in India reels under Sikh protest strike

A Sikh protest strike shut down the north Indian state of Punjab Wednesday and police clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators in the city of Amritsar, leaving at least six wounded and 35 under arrest.

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In the industrial town of Jalandhar, police fired shots in the air to rout demonstrators demanding regional autonomy and formal designation of Amritsar as a holy city.

Road and rail traffic stopped, and most factories, stores, banks, and government offices were closed.