PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS INDIA OVER RELIGION-BASED CITIZENSHIP LAW: PM MODI APPEALS FOR CALM


17/12/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO- Deadly protests erupted across India over a controversial citizenship bill that critics fear could further marginalize the country's minority Muslim community. Protests broke out across nine states, including in major cities such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and the capital New Delhi, mostly around university campuses. Meanwhile, ongoing protests in Assam, in India's northeast, turned violent, with at least five people killed, police said.

Protests by students and others have erupted in many universities across India. Police entered the Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) campus in the capital on Sunday and detained more than 100 students, beating activists in the street and firing teargas. JMI was shut on Monday, as were nearby schools and offices, after barricades and buses were set alight during the protest. Anti-riot police also subjected students marching at Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday to alleged brutality, reportedly firing teargas into crowds and arresting dozens. An internet block was implemented in the area on Sunday night and remained in place on Monday in an attempt to quell the mounting unrest.

"Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos," PM Modi wrote on Twitter. “We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance," he added.


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