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A warehouse owned by PepsiCo has been attacked in India. The attack, coupled with a protest outside the US consulate in Bombay, comes a day after the US revoked a visa for the elected head of Gujarat state, citing his role in 2002 religious riots which mostly killed Muslims.

The attack, in Surat city in western India, came despite tight security to prevent any retaliation by Hindu groups to the US decision to deny a visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to a witness, around 150 activists from the Bajrang Dal, an affiliate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party that governs Gujarat state, broke into the PepsiCo warehouse in the Varach Road area of Surat, smashed soft drink bottles and set fire to the building. About a dozen workers in the warehouse fled, the witness said, while local residents informed fire fighters of the blaze.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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