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people, In the meantime, the police arrived at the place of the meeting near the bus-stand and threatened to open fire to disperse the crowd. The local leaders intervened and pleaded with the police that the crowd there was completely peaceful and under control and that any action on the part of the police would only provoke the people. The policemen were finally persuaded to leave. On their way back from the meeting the policemen came to the restaurant where the farcas about ice distribution was going on. It was here that the police opened fire, allegedly without any warning and before any attempt had been made to disperse the crowd by a lathi-charge or firing of tear-gas shells. The firing left two dead and one injured. Both the dead young men had come for the interview from a village about 8 miles away. Both were hit by bullets above their waist, one right between the eyes. The third person, who was injured in the shoulder, was hit in a nearby shop. Evidently, the shops in the area were open, suggesting that there had been no panic or fear of violence. It was only after the firing that life in the area came to a standstill.

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