Truck loses control, ploughs into crowd, killing 20 protesting farmers in India

Farmers have been protesting across India in recent weeks. [FILE PHOTO]

CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS Farmers have been protesting across India in recent weeks. [FILE PHOTO] At least 20 people have been killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and ploughed into a group of protesting farmers in southern India, officials say.

G. Srinivas, a top government official in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, says the truck first hit a car and an electricity pole before crashing into the farmers. The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.

More to come.

– AP

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