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BJP supporters protest petrol prices and high inflation in New Delhi

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Supporters of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans as police try to stop them during a protest in New Delhi, Jan. 18. Thousands of the supporters on Tuesday in New Delhi held a protest against a recent hike in petrol prices and high inflation.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Police use water canons to disperse supporters of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a protest in New Delhi, Jan. 18. Thousands of the supporters on Tuesday in New Delhi held a protest against a recent hike in petrol prices and high inflation.

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Supporters (top) of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi January 18, 2011. Thousands of the supporters on Tuesday in New Delhi held a protest against a recent hike in petrol prices and high inflation.

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Activists of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party resist a police water canon during a protest against rise in fuel prices, in New Delhi, India, Jan. 18. The fuel price was hiked for the second time in the month by 2.50 rupees per liter from Saturday midnight.

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Delhi policemen use water canons as they spray water on activists of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) during a protest against petrol price hike in New Delhi, Jan. 18. Police used water canons to disperse a group of BJP protesters when they tried to break barricades to march towards the Parliament.

The Economic Times reports:

NEW DELHI: About 500 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Tuesday held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi to protest the recent hike in petrol prices. Police had to use water cannons to disperse the crowd.

"The protest began around 11 am and is still on. Around 500 people have gathered at the site, including leaders like Vijender Gupta," a police officer said.

The protesters came on bullock carts, cycles and cycle rickshaws.