Fresh clashes in India as death toll hits nine

New Delhi, Dec 20 (AFP/APP): Fresh clashes between Indian police and demonstrators erupted on
Friday after more than a week of deadly unrest triggered by a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim.

Three protesters were shot dead on Thursday, taking the death toll to nine in the wave of anger that is emerging as a major challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The law making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to get citizenship but not if they are Muslims, has stoked fears that Modi wants to remould India as a Hindu nation.

Fresh clashes erupted in northern Lucknow Friday when police halted a few hundred people on their way to a planned protest, with security forces firing tear gas and charging with batons, an AFP
reporter at the scene said.

In Delhi, a tense situation developed as an AFP reporter estimated thousands of people — some carrying a huge Indian national flag — rallied inside India’s biggest mosque Jama Masjid and chanted freedom, as riot police looked on.

The protesters, joined by the leader of a prominent group in the Dalit community — the lowest group in the Hindu caste system — pushed their way onto the main road and tore down posters of
Modi before sitting down on the road at Delhi Gate in the Old Delhi district.

India’s anti-Muslim citizenship law ‘patently discriminatory’: New York Times


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