South Asia

Police shoot dead four protesters in Assam

Four people were killed and many more injured in the eastern Indian state of Assam when police opened fire to disperse a crowd of demonstrators.

Police say more than 5,000 people were protesting against a government registration drive.

The protesters, mostly from West Bengal, vandalised shops and vehicles.

Correspondents say the demonstrators fear registration could identify them as non-Assamese and that, as a result, they could be forced from the state.