Death toll in India's citizenship law protests hits 23

Sad – Death toll hits 23 in India’s citizenship law fights

The death toll in protests In India, against India contentious citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim has rise to 23, as on Saturday 9 more people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh were murdered.

Fifteen individuals have passed on in the state during the fights up until this point, police representative Praveen Kumar stated, including that a ” The dead were mostly young people”.

“Some of the people were killed by bullet injuries, but the injuries were not caused by police fire. The police only used tear gas to scare away the agitating protesters,” Kumar reveals.

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He said around a dozen vehicles were set on fire amid protests in the districts of Rampur, Sambhal, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Kanpur, where a police station was also torched.

India’s most populous Uttar Pradesh state, home to 204 million people, is controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

An anti-terror squad was deployed and Internet services were stopped for 48 hours again in the state.

On Friday, six people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed during the protests in the state with a large Muslim population.

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Police said on Saturday that over 600 people were taken into custody. Also Five people were arrested by police and 13 cases were also filed for posting “objectionable” material on social media.

A British colonial-era law have been imposed by Police, called Section 144, which bans the gathering of more than 4 people statewide. Elsewhere in India the law was also imposed to curb an increasing protest movement asking for the revocation of the citizenship law.

In an advisory issued on Friday night, India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked for “strict compliance” by the country’s broadcasters in reporting content that could inflame further violence.

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Thousands of demonstrators, including students and a large number of women, have vowed to keep up their fight until the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed last week, is revoked.

CAA creates a fast-track to citizenship to “persecuted” Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan excluding Muslims.

Critics say the law is aimed at marginalizing India’s 200 million Muslims and is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist agenda, a claim the BJP denies.

In the capital New Delhi on Saturday, demonstrators as day broke held up their mobile phones as torches at India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid. The area on Friday evening saw violent protests.

In the eastern state of Bihar, in Patna 3 protesters suffered bullet wounds and 6 were hurt from stone-pelting after clashing with counter-demonstrators, police reveals.

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