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Indian police say 19 killed during clashes with protesters

  • Indian police guard an entrance to a park where clashes between police and squatters claimed several lives in Mathura, India, Friday, June 3, 2016. The clashes took place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 after police tried to evict hundreds of squatters following a court order. The protesters had gathered to resist the eviction, and about 100 of them violently attacked the officers, including some who opened fire from treetops while others hurled stones and thrashed the officers with wooden sticks, according to Javed Ahmed, director general of state police. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    Indian police guard an entrance to a park where clashes between police and squatters claimed several lives in Mathura, India, Friday, June 3, 2016. The clashes took place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 after police tried to evict hundreds of squatters following a court order. The protesters had gathered to resist the eviction, and about 100 of them violently attacked the officers, including some who opened fire from treetops while others hurled stones and thrashed the officers with wooden sticks, according to Javed Ahmed, director general of state police. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 image made from video, paramilitary soldiers detain an unidentified man from the site of violent clashes in Mathura, India. Police efforts to evict thousands of people squatting in a makeshift protest camp in the heart of a north Indian city ended in bloodshed as people opened fire from treetops and police retaliated, police said Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Video via AP)

    In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 image made from video, paramilitary soldiers detain an unidentified man from the site of violent clashes in Mathura, India. Police efforts to evict thousands of people squatting in a makeshift protest camp in the heart of a north Indian city ended in bloodshed as people opened fire from treetops and police retaliated, police said Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Thursday, June 2, 2016 image made from video shows Indian policemen and paramilitary soldiers near the site of violent clashes in Mathura, India. Police efforts to evict thousands of people squatting in a makeshift protest camp in the heart of a north Indian city ended in bloodshed as people opened fire from treetops and police retaliated, police said Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Video via AP)

    This Thursday, June 2, 2016 image made from video shows Indian policemen and paramilitary soldiers near the site of violent clashes in Mathura, India. Police efforts to evict thousands of people squatting in a makeshift protest camp in the heart of a north Indian city ended in bloodshed as people opened fire from treetops and police retaliated, police said Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police say 19 people have been killed, including 11 when cooking gas cylinders blew up, during clashes with residents who were being evicted from illegally occupied government land in northern India.

Top state police officer Daljit Chaudhary says two police officers were among those killed as some from a crowd of 3,000 protesters fired at them Thursday in Mathura, a town 300 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

Chaudhry said Friday that the police had gone to a district in the town to retake land from illegal occupiers following a court order.

Police said some people died from police fire, but 11 deaths occurred when the gas cylinders burst and set fire to the area.